Although I haven't read through the entire thread, it got me wondering. We know that there's usually no 'magic' in the trek universe. With that I mean, seemingly magical feats are usually explained by high technology. And even if this isn't the case (the power of Q, the prophets, the Douwd, Vulcan telepathy, etc), it's usually implicitly assumed that there is a scientificl explanation (the trek universe conveys the feeling vulcan telepathy can ultimately be explained by physics and biology, even though we are not given that explanation, the Q simply have a knowledge of nature we don't yet have, etc ). There's even the famous saying: "any sufficiently technology ...<etc>" that's much used. But is there even one instance of something being portrayed as magic in the Trek universe ? I can't think of one so quickly ..