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Making Star Trek Possible: The Humanoid Problem

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

A five-part series that tries to explain how to make the science of Star Trek real…

Separated at birth?

In an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation called the “The Chase” a long running problem in Star Trek was finally solved – Why do all the aliens in Star Trek look humanoid. The answer was not “budget”. It was that a race that lived 4.5 billion years ago seeded the galaxy with its DNA. Humans, Vulcans, klingons etc., all got their imprint from them. We kind of look like each other because we all look like some alien race from 4.5 billion years ago. Problem solved. But is Intelligent Design really a satisfying answer?

If we find aliens that look like us, what other explanations could account for them?

Kidnapping
Having to deal with a slightly more sophisticated audience that grew up watching Star Trek, the producers of Stargate and the producers of the television series had to come up with a simple explanation for there being humans all over the galaxy in present day time. Their solution was a popular one in sci-fi literature: We were kidnapped. Over the last 100,000 years humans have been relocated to the distant corners of our universe. Once there, they go about their business. Building monuments to their gods (Star Trek and Stargate) or becoming thriving interstellar civilizations more advanced than us on earth (Iain Banks’s The Culture).

Ian Banks Matter

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Is Canada’s Creationist Science Minister So Strange?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister for Science and Technology, has caused quite a stir in the last few days by refusing to answer questions about whether or not he believes in evolution. Bloggers are up in arms condemning the former chiropractor for couching the question in religious terms, and we can’t disagree with them. But here at weirdthings.com we like to keep things in perspective. This guy isn’t the first politician to have a wacky world view. He isn’t even the first Canadian one. We decided it might be a good idea to remind people that most (if not all) politicians are strange by doing a little review of weird world leader beliefs.
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