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MsData

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Report this Apr. 14 2010, 10:11 am

I have one question, why do people choose to write papers on Star Trek? No offense or anything, i just want to know.

lostshaker

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Report this Apr. 14 2010, 11:24 am

Quote (MsData @ April 14 2010, 10:11 am)
I have one question, why do people choose to write papers on Star Trek? No offense or anything, i just want to know.

Mark Twain said to write about what you know. And I KNOW Trek. I just got done writing a final paper about Trek and it was one of the few papers I have enjoyed writing for school. It wasn't any work because of my depth of knowledge. I actually had to stop short of the majority of ideas, because the paper would have exceeded the maximum length. Writing about one's interests, as opposed to being assigned material, is also a great way to perpetuate the educational and learning process. It associates joy and meaningful work with learning, which is what education should be about.

MsData

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Report this Apr. 14 2010, 12:12 pm

Quote (lostshaker @ April 14 2010, 11:24 am)
Quote (MsData @ April 14 2010, 10:11 am)
I have one question, why do people choose to write papers on Star Trek? No offense or anything, i just want to know.

Mark Twain said to write about what you know. And I KNOW Trek. I just got done writing a final paper about Trek and it was one of the few papers I have enjoyed writing for school. It wasn't any work because of my depth of knowledge. I actually had to stop short of the majority of ideas, because the paper would have exceeded the maximum length. Writing about one's interests, as opposed to being assigned material, is also a great way to perpetuate the educational and learning process. It associates joy and meaningful work with learning, which is what education should be about.

What kind of classes do you write these papers for though?

lostshaker

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Report this Apr. 14 2010, 12:43 pm

Quote (MsData @ April 14 2010, 12:12 pm)
Quote (lostshaker @ April 14 2010, 11:24 am)
Quote (MsData @ April 14 2010, 10:11 am)
I have one question, why do people choose to write papers on Star Trek? No offense or anything, i just want to know.

Mark Twain said to write about what you know. And I KNOW Trek. I just got done writing a final paper about Trek and it was one of the few papers I have enjoyed writing for school. It wasn't any work because of my depth of knowledge. I actually had to stop short of the majority of ideas, because the paper would have exceeded the maximum length. Writing about one's interests, as opposed to being assigned material, is also a great way to perpetuate the educational and learning process. It associates joy and meaningful work with learning, which is what education should be about.

What kind of classes do you write these papers for though?

One class was dedicated to the 1960's, the paper was about an event concerning movements during the decade and repercussions of said event lasting into the 21st Century. Star Trek, through metaphor, used stories and characters to showcase many of the social issues... such as space exploration, civil rights, and feminism. Many inventors, like Dr. Martin Cooper of the mobile cell phone, cite Star Trek as their source of inspiration. The iPad is very similar to those PADDS ensigns always handed off to Kirk for him to sign. Purdue University has designed a hand held mass spectrometer that is effectively an early tricorder. It can scan objects and break down their chemical constituents for examination, detect viruses, and a multitude of other functions.

I also took a humanities course where I could draw upon Star Trek and its various incarnations for acts of morality and ethical conduct, the Prime Directive for example.

I've also written papers for science classes where I brought in information from Star Trek. In research I conducted, I came across a declassified military document that explored the validity of teleportation. It directly credited Star Trek for presenting the concept to a wide-spread audience.

JCK

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Report this Apr. 23 2010, 3:02 pm

Awesome!

mjmr1701

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Report this Aug. 21 2010, 10:13 pm

Star Trek is more then just a cultural phenom. Star Trek is now something that inspires them.

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