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Star Trek: Discovery’s Greatest Science Moments Rethink What It Means To Be Alive

8 Jan 2018, 15:01 UTC
Star Trek: Discovery’s Greatest Science Moments Rethink What It Means To Be Alive
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Captain Georgiou and Commander Burnham appear lost on an alien world, but a clever plan by Georgiou allows their ship to identify their location, even though they themselves cannot be seen. ‘Strange, new worlds’ are the hallmark of Star Trek, but new forms of life may be an even greater leap/advance. Image credit: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive.What if alien life — or even intelligence — don’t look like what we’re searching for?When the original Star Trek premiered, it was revolutionary for depicting sentient, intelligent species other than humans, living and serving side-by-side with us, along with the same rights, variations, and conflicts that plague our human existence. When The Next Generation came out, it went a step further, as a multitude of aliens and unconventional life forms appeared, along with artificial ones, such as androids, nanites, and exocomps. The questions of “what does it mean to be alive” as well as “what does it mean to be intelligent” were reckoned with, even if a clear conclusion was never reached. With Star Trek: Discovery’s conflicts and technologies — warp drive, spore drive, cloaking devices, holograms, etc. — getting all the attention, it’s easy to miss the biggest ...

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