Better science education wouldn’t fix Star Trek’s bad science, argues John Scalzi. But it doesn’t matter.
. . . even movies with bad science can still inspire the science-minded. Aside from James Kirk, the main characters in Star Trek are a science officer, a linguist, a mathematical whiz kid, a doctor, an engineer and a starship pilot who’s good at fencing. Which is to say they’re all geeks. If you think real world geeks don’t look at that, say I want to live there, and then work to make it happen, you’ve not been paying attention to all the technical progress of the last few decades.
. . . most of super-educated and science-positive folks I know love their Star Trek and Star Wars and Matrix and what have you, even when they know the “science” is complete nonsense.
I saw Star Wars In Concert a few weeks ago in Boston. Anthony Daniels (C3pio) narrated the film clips. I had to wonder once again why the Jedi knights use light swords instead of guns.
On the plane on the way home, I watched The Big Bang Theory, which features Trek-loving brainiacs and the blonde girl across the hall. I wondered why two CalTech professors are sharing an apartment in a building cheap enough for the blonde waitress to rent her own place.
My husband can’t get over the lighted helmets the Viper pilots wear on Battlestar Galactica.
One needs to think less at times.