Is there any way for a human to protect themself from the dreaded Vulcan nerve pinch? Apparently the only humans to remain conscious through a Vulcan nerve pinch are those who have been genetically altered. Could just wearing a neckguard help perhaps?

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    Become genetically altered? </joke> Mar 12, 2018 at 22:16
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    My hypothesis is that if a Vulcan can't get to your neck, they can probably do the telepathic rendering somewhere else on your body. Might need to find some way to block the Vulcan telepathy maybe. Are there any recorded instances of the Vulcan nerve pinch not being performed on the neck? Mar 12, 2018 at 22:33
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    Being completely non-fictional helps a great deal. ;)
    – Lexible
    Mar 13, 2018 at 3:35
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    shoot the vulcan first.
    – ths
    Mar 13, 2018 at 9:35
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    Get a surgeon to move it. Perhaps due to a wartime injury... Mar 13, 2018 at 11:58

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The nerve pinch is, and I don't know if this is purely accidental, close to the sinoatrial node in the neck that regulates the blood flow to the brain. From my experience in martial arts, I am aware that hitting the correct point can immobilize an opponent. A vulcan nerve pinch is IMHO (and I am have no degree in medicine, biology or anything similar) simply a more sophisticated version of hitting that nerve. So, I'd say, there is no biological defence against and you'd need an armour (e.g. a medival neck plate) to protect from it.

I am also not aware of any nerve pinch being executed somewhere else than the neck.

  • Or you could belong to a species whose physiology doesn't put a nerve there.
    – Spencer
    Sep 24, 2019 at 16:18

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