Category Archives: Science Fiction

Recent Reading (“Methuselah’s Children”)

We’ve just finished reading Robert Heinlein’s 1958 science fiction novel Methuselah’s Children. Why wasn’t this book made into a movie? Among other things, Heinlein explores the possibility of extended human lifespans as well as the possibility of intergalactic travel faster than … Continue reading

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The Kobayashi Maru

“No one passes this test.” Here is more, from Wikipedia: The Kobayashi Maru is a test in the fictional Star Trek universe. It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy … The notional primary goal of the exercise … Continue reading

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Captain Kirk’s Constitution

What theory of constitutional interpretation does Captain Kirk subscribe to? Hat tip: Will Baude. Addendum: At the end of the film clip, Dr Spock  logically asks: “… but does our involvement here also constitute a violation of the Prime Directive?” (Note: … Continue reading

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Prime Directive

The Prime Directive — the guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets in the fictitious universe of Star Trek — prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. According to this entry in Wikipedia, however, the Prime Directive “is inconsistently applied, depending on a planet’s … Continue reading

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