Special Silly Episode
* Star Trek Borrows Technology from Lost in Space: Trekkie fanatics think that Gene Roddenberry introduced the world to many of our new technological concepts. Even the book, The Physics of Star Trek, written by our debate opponent physicist Lawrence Krauss, should have been titled The Physics of Lost in Space. (Krauss is known for mistitling his books, including for example, A Universe from Nothing). In reality, all those fun technological concepts came not from Star Trek, but from Lost in Space!
* Warning, warning Will Robinson: There are Bible verses up ahead. As Solomon wrote: "There is no new thing under the sun…" or, beyond it for that matter. Lost in Space first aired on TV in 1965, a year before Star Trek, and prefigured much of the technology and culture of its step-child spin off. Like these…
"Resistance is futile!" says an alien to the robot! (Wreck Of the Robot)
Transporter beam: (Prisoners of Space)
Ship's velocity: Can travel at near light speed
Weapons: Laser guns, i.e., “phasers”
Mechanical personality: Like androids on the ship, the robot is sentient, develops human emotions; experiments with humor, and like Data from The Next Generation, grows beyond his programming
Speech: Aliens always speak English except when episodic communication difficulties aid the plot
Replicator: An alien device, a "molecular replicator," can make whatever Dr. Smith wants (The Dream Monster)
Alien forms: Most aliens look humanoid while some look like reptiles
Force field: An invisible shield can protect the ship
War: Some alien civilizations have evolved beyond the use of war
Tractor beam: Invisible force that can tow an entire space ship or pull a ship even against its own propulsion into a space dock
Ethics: This is the only general category where Star Trek truly broke new ground. On Lost in Space, Captain John Robinson and his family are relatively consistent with the application of justice (except for their irritating, relentless, and unbiblical forgiving of Dr. Smith). On the other hand, Star Trek captains seem to violate their federation's Prime Directive on every other episode. :) Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, and Janeway, the first-ever female star ship captain (who got lost on her very first episode, didn't like asking for directions, took seven full seasons to find her way back, and who in the real world, as played by Kate Mulgrew, narrated an unfortunate documentary on extreme geocentrism that claims that the sun and the universe orbit the Earth every 24 hours), not only violate the Prime Directive repeatedly by interfering with underdeveloped alien civilizations, but always with positive results. The Federation has itself evolved beyond warfare and the use of force yet every ship is equipped with weapons of mass destruction, the inventory of which is frequently restocked. (Picard himself personally killed more than three-dozen "people", i.e., sentient beings, not counting the annihilation of entire crews on ships blown to bits by the Enterprise.)
* We're Not Saying that Gene Rodenberry Wasn't a Visionary: If imitation is the sincerest form of flatterys, Rodenberry was exceedingly magnamous. It's not that he wasn't a visionary; we're just saying that he was even better at ripping off other people! Like the episode of The Outer Limits which featured William Shatner in the lead role as a space explorer involved in a mission called "Project Vulcan".
* Reason #165: to Get Your Kids Out of the Government Schools! The Southern Poverty Law Center, (a well-known front group for leftists, abortionists, socialists, and homosexual advocates) is sponsoring what they call a “mix it up” day at a government school near you. They say it’s about “breaking social barriers”, but the American Family Association reveals it’s about promoting homosexuality. Pro-Family organizations are encouraging you to keep your kids home from school on that day, (Oct. 30 2012). Bob and Doug encourage you to keep your kids out of government schools… Period. Starting today!
* It Runs in the Family: While Chelsea Clinton is engaged in the noble cause of fighting diarrhea in Nigeria, this does not obscure, (for us anyway) her support for abortion. But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… her mom and dad have spent a lifetime advocating the intentional killing of children.
* This Debate Excerpt Says It All: The debates are essentially mindless gibberish, as this YouTube excerpt makes plainly clear...
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