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Andreas
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 6:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

DutchTrecker, I believe you don't know what "sentient life" means. I would like you to define it to include humans but exclude animals. My dictionary defines it "the ability for subjective feelings or perceptions" - in cave man terms: If it hit it, does it feel pain? That definition includes all animal life as sentient life.

But even aside from that, this episode raised a question about ethics. Is it okay for Riker to (essentially) kill three sentient beings to save two other ones? You say it is and you even list off the steps of importance of different forms of life. But you do this from a human perspective and you don't try to elevate your mind above that. Data is not human and thus doesn't have your mindset - to him it would not be okay to "slaughter them without thought" for humans. How would you approach this issue if it was Exocombs discussing to kill humans in order to save other Exocombs?

I don't try to persuade you to think Data was right. But please think about this issue from more angles, than just the narrow anthropocentric view that is natural to us. Trek is also about transcending certain of our "natural" points of view (consider: Money, Relationships, Conflicts etc).
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Andreas
Sat, May 31, 2008, 5:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

@indijo
People are being held back by magnetic fields. They think they are running but are actually not moving in the holosuite.
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Andreas
Sun, Apr 27, 2008, 5:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

No he couldn't, Anthony2816, because Odo couldn't take his solid form while being inside the barrier
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Andreas
Fri, Apr 25, 2008, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ferengi Love Songs

I think you are too negative about Ferengi episodes. I actually enjoyed this episode a lot. I had a lot of good laughs. Yes, it's silly and dumb, but that's the writers's intention! Not to bring up serious questions or to have a profound meaning. Zek's voice is priceless, even after a couple of episodes, as is Rom's stupidity. Very lightweight and amusing, after the heavy emotional and serious episode of last week.
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