posted on Feb, 15 2022 @ 04:46 PM
I have nothing else to do, so I am replying to old posts. I hope this won't be a problem for anyone.
In any case, I have to agree with the OP; that episode is RIDICULOUS on so many levels.
The worst problem of it is that Data - a MACHINE - was even allowed to the academy in the first place, although clearly it's not a human being.
It's one of a kind, and yet it's treated as if it's like everyone, which everyone KNOWS it is not. Why would you do that? Why would you allow a robot
or android to join academy? You might as well let animals or algorhithms join as fully equal 'students'. Data was never bullied in those academies,
not that it would've felt anything even if it was.. none of it makes any sense.
Why would anyone, let alone everyone, treat a machine the same way they treat a human being, even if it looks like human and walks on two (artificial)
It would be a COMPLETELY different thing, if Data wasn't an 'artificial intelligence', but if it was a shell, where a human soul can incarnate into,
and has. Though then the human in that body would have feelings, emotions and all the human experience, and nothing basic would 'mystify' them at all.
This show, like every stupid sci-fi show and movie, tries to say that robots and androids, which are 100% machines, and have no living component, no
human souls, etc. are somehow just as good and worthy as actual human souls, and have all the rights humans have.
Just because something -looks- like something, doesn't MAKE it something. The hollywood's viewpoint to androids and robots is the same as 'clones'. A
clone of you - more accurately, your physical body - is NOT you (or even your physical body). You do not 'live forever' just because you have a clone
made out of you and 'your memories are implanted' into the clone (which is so ridiculous anyway).
This whole episode even craps all over their own viewpoint; if a machine is 'human enough' that Starfleet lets it go through academy as individual,
autonomous human being (although it's not), then HOW can that episode ever take place? Either it is seen as human being with all human rights and
autonomy, or it isn't. This episode tries to have it both ways, and that's what makes it such a vomit.
Someone really didn't think anything through. They could be just as well talking about a laptop and laptop's rights to not be dismantled, if it
doesn't want to, just because it's running some A.I. algorhithm that -seems- intelligent to clueless people.
Of course an algorhithm can't ever truly be intelligent, because intelligence comes from the soul, not from the body anyway. A physical body can
hinder, limit or grant access to an already existing intelligence, but it can't create it or grow it.
This particular episode of TNG, as much as I like some others, is just so ridiculous, groan-inducing and stupid, and the main point is NEVER even
talked about; what creates a human being, intelligence, where do rights come from and why, and why would Starfleet grant the privilege of being able
to even be in an academy or serve as a 'member' in a spaceship instead of a 'tool' or 'utility' (like Enterprise's onboard computers), etc.
Soul is never mentioned as a requirement for human rights, and yet, it should have been. It's dangerous nihilism to start assigning 'human rights' to
inanimate objects - or very animated, dead matter, like androids or robots. It devalues human life greatly, but people don't seem to see or realize
that about this episode. It's basically demonic and satanic thing, but because 'Data is so sympathetic', people don't see it that way. They just want
to give Data all kinds of things, as he seems SO close to being an actual human being, without realizing he can NEVER be a human being unless a soul
incarnates into its body - and even then, it's that SOUL that's the human being, not the purely, 100% physical construction called 'Data' anyway.
It doesn't matter what it mimics or thinks it experiences, it's still just as much a machine as your laptop, and should be treated as such.
However, this show being sci-fi and having so many other good sides, I am willing to overlook that most of the time. This episode just brings it too
much to the light, and that makes this episode cringy, unrealistic and idiotic in so many levels.
Data is a machine, and should never be confused with a human being. Data should always be made to sacrifice itself for ACTUAL living beings that are
divine-created. A human being can't create life, Data is not alive. It's blasphemy to claim otherwise.
Data is nothing more than another Tower of Babylon, where people try to create divine works by themselves, or reach the Divine by physical constructs
alone. It's appalling that this show did this kind of episode, where through all kinds of rationalizations and thought labyrinths, they try to justify
this blasphemy and satanism, where human life has no value, because it can just be created from bolts by some 'scientist' (of course, because
'scientists' are the gods we are supposed to worship instead of the ACTUAL CREATOR OF LIFE).