Starseed And Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before

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In particular, one must be diplomatic in discussing the future evolution of the human species. Larval humans naturally believe that evolution has already reached its highest stage with homo sapiens!
–Timothy Leary, “The Post-Larval Must Be Very Cautious in Communicating with Larval Humans”

A popular trope in the original 1960s Star Trek is that of the “ordinary” person receiving the powers of a god. When we learn that the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, was involved in stuff like the channelling of the so-called “Council of Nine”…well, it’s not that big a surprise that this is the trope he chose to go back to over and over again.

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