Knowledge Comes From Odd Sources

I recently discussed that all knowledge can be learned from everyone around us, including the students we teach. Today I wanted to show that we can learn things from watching some “meaningless” TV. I watched Star Trek when I was a youngster. I continued to watch the movies, Next Generation, DS9, Voyager and the first season of Star Trek Enterprise. From all these shows you can gather little gems of knowledge. Below is a famous quote and poster from the first Star Trek. What do you get out of these little nuggets about life?

Everything I learned about life I learned from watching Star Trek

  • Seek out new life and new civilizations
  • Non-interference is the prime directive
  • Keep your phaser set on stun
  • Humans are highly illogical
  • There is no such things as a Vulcan Death Grip
  • Live long and prosper
  • Having is not so pleasing as wanting; it is highly illogical, but often true
  • Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
  • Tribbles hate Klingons (and Klingons hate tribbles)
  • Enemies are often invisible- like Klingons they can be cloaked
  • Don’t put all your ranking officers in one shuttle craft
  • When your logic fails, trust a hunch
  • Insufficient data does not compute
  • If it can’t be fixed, just ask Scotty
  • Even on our own world, sometimes we are alien
  • When going out into the Universe, remember: “Boldly go where no one has gone before”

I few things I got from it:

  • Make new connections
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Everything is not as it seems
  • Have a diverse set of friends and coworkers
  • There are always gray areas – or there is no such thing as black and white
  • The “right” decision is not always the right decision
  • If you make it look too easy they will think you can do it all that easily
  • Assumption is the mother of all evil

Lastly, go get what you want. If you don’t go outside yourself you will not succeed.