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Old July 5 2013, 06:16 AM   #16
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

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is bonding?

Anything else could be simulated at home on a holodeck.

Why would school be necessary in the Federation with all that technology?
Why would you have to go anywhere if you could just have a holo-repeated avatar of yourself interacting with other people. Think about the movie "Surrogates" (if you've seen it) and apply that to holotechnology.

How about a holo Away Team? Beam down a robot that has a holoprojector, tricorder, and transmitter and you'd never have to leave your starship unless the robot encountered something not in it's programming or the tricorder picked up something it couldn't recognize.

Even now, we don't go to another planet without sending a robot/machine first to recon.
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Old July 6 2013, 04:36 PM   #17
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

You can't have military training without camaraderie.

I suppose you could have a network of holodecks all connected with each other so it feels like you're all in the same place. But it's not the same if you don't have to leave your comfort zone for the training, and holodecks are still a luxury in the 24th century. There isn't one on every block. They're only on top of the line starships and expensive luxury establishments.

The best scifi is about human nature, but not necessarily about the real world. When they try to make a direct allegory to some current event is when they fail the hardest. Scifi allows writers to write about their opinion of humanity's true nature but removing humans from a recognizable modern context and real events. It puts humans in a totally novel situation completely unlike the real world and guesses how they might react.
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Old July 6 2013, 11:48 PM   #18
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

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Starfleet is not about glorified couch potatoes.
Yet the Bridge officers spend a lot of hours each week watching screens and punching buttons.
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Old July 7 2013, 12:56 AM   #19
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

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Even now, we don't go to another planet without sending a robot/machine first to recon.
That's the current limit of our technical and financial resources. Sending humans on similarly long missions would be prohibitively expensive. (Humans also like to be returned after the mission.)

While robotic or projected avatars would be safer, the Federation also has diplomatic considerations. Would you trust a people who won't come down and shake your tentacle in person?
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Old July 7 2013, 01:06 AM   #20
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

The Federation is made up of multiple species from hundreds of different worlds, each with its own customs and culture. Simulation doesn't teach these people how to co-exist with one another, nor does it help to build the trust and mutual understanding that the Federation is based on.

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Old July 7 2013, 01:49 AM   #21
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I always wondered why there was only one Academy though. For such a large Federation I would think you would have more then one place to teach people.
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Old July 7 2013, 02:07 AM   #22
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

In addition to bonding/learning to work with fellow cadets, there's learning to follow orders from a superior. If you're going to be cooped up in a starship cooperating with and taking orders from other people, it's best to learn how to do it with other people.
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Old July 7 2013, 02:14 AM   #23
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I always wondered why there was only one Academy though. For such a large Federation I would think you would have more then one place to teach people.
They may have had other campuses, but cadets were required to complete at least a portion of their education in San Francisco.

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Old July 9 2013, 01:35 AM   #24
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

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is bonding?
Good call..

Fan have wondered for some time why from dialog there is apparently only "The Academy." It does make more sense to have multiple campuses spread throughout the federation. Why have just the one?

Team building, espirt de corp, converting individuals into a "band of brothers." So you travel the cadets all to a central location, make them live, eat, sleep, learn together. Dress them the same, treat them the same.

E pluribus unum.

Yes, the same reason why there is only one West Point and one Annapolis.
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