Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law and Star Trek Discovery
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from. magic.
Captain Pike from Discovery says:
The law was debated by scientists and theologians alike and later reinterpreted to say any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God.
Star Trek Discovery
I’m stepping outside my usual themes today, using Star Trek as my inspiration today. As you read today’s column, you’ll find that I do link everything back to my spirituality theme. I wrote this column in January. However, as events occurred since then, such as my NDE and my three hospital stays, I’ve had to move columns around.
As I’ve written at Wisdom and Life multime times over, I’m a HUGE fan of Star Trek. You can read my previous columns by clicking on the preceding link. Star Trek Discovery is the new series based on the original. The second season started a few weeks ago and New Eden is the second episode of the second season. Not only am I fan of Star Trek, I’m a fan of science fiction (SF) in general.
Arthur C.Clarke is a one of the quintessential SF writers of the 20th century.
Hearing Captain Pike from Discovery, reinterpret Clarke’s third law to include God stirred my thoughts. The overriding subject of Wisdom and Life IS spirituality and finding a better way to live your life. My faith in God has helped me live a better life. Getting back to Star Trek, in a Next Generation episode called The Chase, Captain Picard discovers a theory that humanity may have been seeded from the stars, which returns us to the quote that Captain Pike reinterpreted. There’s no reason proof of extraterrestrial intelligence has to nullify a belief in God, which leads DIRECTLY back to Pike’s interpretation of Clarke’s Third Law
Everything is a circle and everything repeats itself over and over.
If we believe that God is omnipotent, why couldn’t he have created more than one race? I’ve discussed this previously here but can’t recall the exact column.
Since I mentioned Next Generation earlier in this column, I liked seeing that Jonathan Frakes directed this episode. I hope by having a name from a previous Trek direct Discovery shows that there is interest in seeing the latest Star Trek succeed. Also there’s the fact that Patrick Stewart is returning to the role of Captain Picard. Seeing all these events line up leads me to believe that Star Trek will indeed “live long and prosper.”
I’m enjoying the new series and seeing spirituality enter Discovery makes the new Star Trek more appealing, at least to me.
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.
Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying. For there truly is no end.
2 thoughts on “Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law and Star Trek Discovery”
Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA
Never got into StarTrek. But, did enjoy many an ACC SF tome.
Jason J Marchi
Love Arthur Clarke, esp. after he answered two of my letters. We discussed how it took three to four weeks for a mailed letter from me in CT to arrive at his home in Sri Lanka, and vice versa.