Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu SaadiaStar Trek is set in an amazing utopian universe of faster-than-light travel, of “beam me up, Scotty,” and Vulcan salutes. It’s also a universe where war and poverty have been eradicated, money doesn’t exist, and work is indistinguishable from leisure. In this ground-breaking book, timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek’s first episode, Manu Saadia takes a deep dive into the show’s most radical and provocative aspect: its detailed and consistent economic vision.
Could we create such a utopia here on Earth? And why has Star Trek’s future had such staying power in our cultural imagination? Trekonomics looks at the morals, values, and hard economics that underpin the series’ ideal society, and its sources of inspiration both inside and outside the science-fiction canon. After reading this book, you’ll be able to answer the question: If you could live in Star Trek’s economic utopia, would you want to?
The meaning and origin of the expression: Live long and prosper
Your complimentary articles. You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. In Gene Roddenberry, then a relatively unknown TV writer, created what was to become a cultural sensation. From cell phones and tablets, to MRI machines and medical jet injectors, Star Trek has undoubtedly anticipated much of the technology that we take for granted today.
How does that Vulcan salute go?
This gesture is still used today by orthodox Jews of the Kohanim, which are priests descended from Ahron by the patrilineal line. These Kohanim form a subset of the descendants of the priestly Levite tribe. The actual Jewish blessing is done with both hands, not just one, extended outward. Though Nimoy was not an orthodox Jew himself, when he was a child, his grandfather would take him to the synagogue. Thus, he felt this original gesture would be an invasion of privacy for a Vulcan. He then drew on his Jewish roots to come up with an alternate gesture.
The Vulcan salute emoji is officially called the raised hand with part between middle and ring fingers emoji. Its default hue is yellow, but skin-tone modifiers allow users to change color. It joined emoji keyboards under Unicode 7. The emoji commonly goes by the Vulcan salute because the gesture was popularized by Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy , who used it as a greeting in the sci-fi franchise, Star Trek.