Star Trek

Dr. James Croft, philosopher and lifelong Star Trek fan, will explore how the series examines ethical questions and inspires viewers to be better during an upcoming free lecture, “The Ethics of Star Trek.”

Dr. James Croft

Star Trek costumes are encouraged, and a prize will be awarded for best costume. The public event will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium, at 9001 Clayton Road.

“As the first season of the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to look over the series as a whole and ask what Star Trek has to teach us,” Croft said.

The beloved show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, prompted reflection by tackling current events like war, genocide and pollution.

“Star Trek has always examined deep ethical questions, asking what it means to be human and how we should treat those different to us,” Croft said.

Croft is the outreach director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, a Humanist congregation where people come together to explore the biggest questions of life without reference to scripture, religion or God.

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“The Ethics of Star Trek” is presented in partnership with The Academy of Science – St. Louis.