Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Death of Spock and Logic

One of my youthful heroes, Leonard Nimoy, has passed away, although there is a sense that he must surely come back to life in another episode.  What struck me is the notion of a future Federation of Planets where to be a leader you needed to be an impulsive, self-seeking moron.  Yet logic was still permitted within the geographic limits of this empire.  This permissiveness, however, wasn't due to any regard for logic, but rather an artifact of multi-cultural toleration among alien species.  The Act of Toleration of Logic was achieved only after several planet systems were obliterated and trillions of souls were exterminated.

It was our current era, however, where reason degenerated so that the greatest philosophical accomplishment of the 20th century was the bumper sticker, and of the 21st century, all the philosophical hopes of civilization were reduced to the Tweet.  Thus, Spock really represented an anachronistic character from the past plugged into a completely irrational future.  So live long and prosper.  But keep logic out of it.

4 comments:

Inklings said...

He lived to age 83 with COPD, and that was pretty amazing to me, so he stayed in character to the end, didn't he?

Looney said...

I only knew him as the character!

Rummuser said...

"Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

Looney said...

Yes, that is the slogan of Sherlock Holmes, but it is from the 19th century. In our era, we negate this with something like, "Once you have eliminated the correct explanation, all remaining explanations are truth"!