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Old June 21 2013, 04:30 AM   #1
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a defining Spock moment

I don't know why, but one of Spock's most eminently quotable phrases is "Unknown, Captain." He only says it 9 times in the entire series, and no other character speaks those words...not Scotty, not Sulu.

"Then kindly tell me what happened to the stars!"

Eyebrow up.

"Unknown, Captain".

"Fascinating" of course, is Spock's most famous, if brief, aphorism.

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Old June 21 2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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one of Spock's most eminently quotable phrases is "Unknown, Captain."
It puts him ahead of "scientists" who are wedded to their biases and ignorance.

I worked with another video tech who would say the wackiest things to students and professors, instead of "I don't know, I can research that for you." One day he walked in while I was showing Turbo Incabulator to a co-worker. Pinhead stood there nodding his head, as though the techno-babble made sense to him. And here's the punchline: I heard pinhead using some of the nonsense terminology to a student later on. And he was absolutely serious.

I have great respect for someone who can say, "I don't know."

Kudos, Spock.
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Old June 21 2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Metryq wrote: View Post
Mister Atoz wrote: View Post
one of Spock's most eminently quotable phrases is "Unknown, Captain."
It puts him ahead of "scientists" who are wedded to their biases and ignorance.
Interesting viewpoint.
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Old June 21 2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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Re: a defining Spock moment

^ A follow-up to this is an exchange from "Arena":

SPOCK: We're being held in place, Captain, apparently from that solar system.
KIRK: This far out? That's impossible.
SPOCK: We are being held.
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Old June 21 2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Maybe somebody was keeping count of those 'unknowns' cuz Spock keeps saying it in TMP whenever Kirk asks him anything about VGER's weaponry.
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Old June 21 2013, 07:11 PM   #6
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Re: a defining Spock moment

Or as Kirk said in The Immunity Syndrome,"Insufficient data is not sufficient, Mr. Spock. You're the science officer, you're supposed to have sufficient data all the time".

Captains want everything, and they want it now.
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Old June 22 2013, 04:01 AM   #7
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Re: a defining Spock moment

TREK_GOD_1 wrote: View Post
Metryq wrote: View Post
Mister Atoz wrote: View Post
one of Spock's most eminently quotable phrases is "Unknown, Captain."
It puts him ahead of "scientists" who are wedded to their biases and ignorance.
Interesting viewpoint.
"Captain, the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is 'I do not know.'"
- Data (TNG Season 2: Where Silence has Lease)
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Old June 22 2013, 04:06 AM   #8
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Re: a defining Spock moment

For me, definitely Journey to Babel, when his mother pleads to him to turn over command of the Enterprise and save his father, he refuses because its not the logical thing to do, then she slaps him and leaves. Then he puts his hand on the door.
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Old June 22 2013, 06:42 AM   #9
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Too many to list. Spock might be the most "defining" character of the entire franchise.
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Old June 22 2013, 07:08 AM   #10
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Good discussion, Trekkies. The essence of the words "Unknown, Captain"-- so simple, so elegant. It's the reason why God was invented. The words correspond very well with a quiet Universe full of distant stars.

As for the arrogance of scientists, I recommend "Knowledge or Certainty" from the Ascent of Man (book and TV series) by Jacob Bronowski.

"Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgment in science stands on the edge or error, and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we *can* know although we are fallible. In the end, the words were said by Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ: Think it possible you may be mistaken."

http://ronrecord.com/Quotes/bronowski.html

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Old June 22 2013, 08:02 PM   #11
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Teal'c took "Indeed" from him and made it his own.
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Old June 23 2013, 06:10 AM   #12
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Teal'c took "Indeed" from him and made it his own.
Teal'c isn't fit to wash Mr. Spock's jockstrap.
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Old June 23 2013, 12:13 PM   #13
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BillJ wrote: View Post
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Teal'c took "Indeed" from him and made it his own.
Teal'c isn't fit to wash Mr. Spock's jockstrap.


he certainly does the eyebrow!
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Old June 23 2013, 06:02 PM   #14
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Or as Kirk said in The Immunity Syndrome,"Insufficient data is not sufficient, Mr. Spock. You're the science officer, you're supposed to have sufficient data all the time".
Indeed.

The useless "I don't know" should really have been replaced by "Here are my X best guesses, Captain, each accompanied by the specific bit of missing information that will make or break the hypotheses. You can choose which missing bit or bits to pursue, in which order", with the value of X depending on how much of a hurry the heroes really are in...

That'd give Kirk something to chew on, as well as insert extra scifi intrigue into the episode - say, three exotic scenarios at the price of one!

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Old June 23 2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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The useless "I don't know" should really have been replaced by "Here are my X best guesses, Captain
Vulcans never guess...except in ST IV.
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