Monday, February 15, 2010

Bored to Death

So apparently you really can be bored to death. Not to mock serious science and real research but the title is just a bit humorous. I'm putting this under the "everything I know I learned from Star Trek." Or is this one of those scientific discoveries Star Trek anticipated?

In humorous Deep Space Nine episode In the Cards, Jake and Nog encounter a Dr. Giger who thinks he can build a machine that will extend life indefinitely. Even for the world of science fiction, it is portrayed as quack science--only the gulliable Weyoun is taken in. Why? Because Dr. Giger is going to build a machine that entertains the cells in our body--his diagnosis is that we all die from boredom.
Weyoun (left) and Dr. Giger (right)

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