Questions tagged [vulcan]

Vulcan usually refers to a humanoid race in Star Trek (or to their home planet of the same name). Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag.

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Vulcan Mind Melds and Bonding

I'm sorry if this has been asked before; I have tried to look for the answer. As a result of watching the Enterprise episode, Stigma, I am wondering how Vulcans bonded without mind melding. By bonding ...
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Has there ever been a Vulcan/Klingon hybrid? [duplicate]

It's been confirmed in official Star Trek canon that various races across the Federation can copulate together. These include, to name a few, Earth and non-terrestrial humans, Khardasians, Trill hosts,...
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Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems and Vulcan Logic: how do they cope with it? [closed]

According to Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems, it is not possible to find an answer to any question using a formal system based on axioms. The theorems state that: First Incompleteness Theorem: Any ...
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Do Vulcans feel cold on Earth?

The planet Vulcan has on average hotter climate than Earth and there's that saying of "hot like Vulcan". Yet we see Vulcans wearing long thick robes on their home world. So when they come to somewhere ...
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Do Vulcans blush green?

I have seen a lot of Star Trek fanart that shows Spock blushing with his cheeks flushed green. I'm aware that his half-Vulcan biology gives him copper-based, green tinted blood, so the coloring makes ...
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What is the deal with Commodore Oh's name?

In Star Trek: Picard episode 2, "Maps and Legends", we met Commodore Oh who appears to be very high in (the head of?) Starfleet Security or Section 31. Objects on her desk and her position indicate ...
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Vulcan Anatomy (Heart)

In the Star Trek episode "Court Martial", when McCoy used the white sound device on Spock, why did he use it on his chest? Isn't the Vulcan’s heart located in the area of where the human liver would ...
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How accurately can Vulcans predict when pon farr will happen?

Pon farr is the Vulcans’ drive to mate every seven years, traditionally resolved by returning to Vulcan and their mate. How accurately can they predict when it will happen? Do they just know “sometime ...
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Do Vulcans have any colonies outside of their home system?

Have the Vulcans established any colonies outside of their home system, as the humans and other Federation species have? If yes, what are they? If no, why not? This is especially relevant for the ...
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Do Vulcans Have Last Names?

Do Vulcans have last names? I don't recall Spock or his father Sarek having a last name and I was wondering if Vulcans have last names.
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What does “Buhfik t' kunli tor du!” mean in Vulcan?

A user posted this comment. At the end of it, the comment reads: Buhfik t' kunli tor du! What does this mean? Rand al’Thor says it’s in Vulcan, but their translation seems uncertain.
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

The idea that Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet seems to be a bit of common cultural knowledge with little or no foundation. The StarTrek.com biography states; Because the young Vulcan chose ...
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Is Spock much younger than Captain Pike in Star Trek Discovery?

In Season 2, Episode 8 'If Memory Serves' of Star Trek: Discovery, Spock and Burnham visit Talos IV In the beginning of the episode, a flash back to the unaired episode of the original series is ...
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Would the Vulcan nerve pinch work on a Borg drone?

If the Borg were to attack the planet Vulcan, could Vulcans incapacitate Borg drones using the Vulcan nerve pinch?
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Why is mind meld hard for T'pol in Star Trek: Enterprise?

In the episode "Fusion", when Tolaris does the mind meld with T'pol, she resists, then submits. But, the emotions seem overwhelming. Memory-alpha says Another side-effect was the transfer ...
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What is the in-universe origin of the Vulcan salute (within Vulcan culture)?

In Star Trek lore, the Vulcans are a logical, passive race with telepathic abilities. Because of this, they generally refrain from physical contact with strangers. The famous "Vulcan Salute" is a ...
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How do Vulcans handle pon farr in marriage? [duplicate]

We know that Vulcans are non emotional most of the time and consider any expression of passion unacceptable. Except from when they experience pon farr every seven years - which apparently the way for ...
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Why did the Vulcans feel only Nixon could go to China?

In Star Trek VI, we have this odd (but amusing) quote "There's an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China." Why did the Vulcans have this proverb?
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Is there a reliable way to differentiate between a Vulcan and a Romulan? [duplicate]

In the universe of Star Trek, Vulcans and Romulans were one species as late as the fourth century CE, about two thousand years prior to the TNG era. Is there a reliable or standard way to tell the ...
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Does T'Pau start the 'Vulcanism' presented in TOS?

Does T'Pau mark the beginning of that kind of Vulcan culture and self-concept that will later be embodied by Spock? Her rise to power is accompanied by a clear break in how Vulcans perceive ...
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Why does Spock waste time explaining to Uhura why he is beaming down?

This question contains movie plot spoilers. So in the film Star Trek (2009), Spock wastes about 10 precious seconds explaining to Uhura why he needs to beam down. As Captain though, he shouldn't ...
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How to protect yourself from a Vulcan nerve pinch?

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 ...
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Help translating this FH Bradley quote from English to Vulcan

I'm confused at how to get the proper phrasing in Vulcan because the English grammar seems self-referencing for me to get the order right. the quote by FH Bradley is: The one self-knowledge worth ...
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Why is the cut on young Spock's lip red and not green if Vulcans have green blood?

In Star Trek (2009), little Spock gets into a fight with three other Vulcans. After the scene he is shown talking with his dad. Spock has a bruise/scab/cut whatever on his lip but it is red. Why isn't ...
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Is Sybok a Romulan?

Mr. Spock's half-brother Sybok is emotional and basically crazy. He doesn't follow the Vulcan's way of logic so does that mean he's a Romulan?
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At what age does Pon Farr start?

On the episode "Amok Time" Spock explains the Pon Farr happens every seven years. Does that mean they "Pon Farr" when they're seven and fourteen!?
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Why was Vulcan shown with moons in Lethe?

In Star Trek: Discovery S01E06 Lethe we see a scene in Vulcan. (We're assuming this is the Prime not the Kelvin timeline). Vulcan is shown with moons - despite not having any. Indeed - the ...
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How do Vulcans make decisions?

Vulcans are logical to a fault. But I have been watching the latest iteration of Star Trek and I keep wondering how Vulcans make decisions given that decisions are based on, at base, a preference. ...
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Koon-ut-kal-if-fee at odds with Vulcan pacifist philosophy

Is this a canon inconsistency? In the TOS episode "Amok Time", a slice of Vulcan culture is revealed to us in the form of a ritual combat to the death. However, Vulcans are typically portrayed as ...
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

In an episode of Star Trek TOS, Spock mentioned a childhood pet. I think it was Dr. McCoy who teased him about his having a kitty-cat. The animal Spock described was definitely not a kitty-cat -- it ...
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How are these words written in traditional Vulcan calligraphy?

How the words adun'a (wife) & adun (husband) or Telik (married) written in traditional Vulcan calligraphy? We want to get tattoos of them but I cannot find anything to help me other than straight ...
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Did any vulcans ever appear in TNG other than Spock and Sarek? [duplicate]

The question is pretty straightforward: The only Vulcans I ever saw on TNG were Spock and Sarek. Did any other Vulcans make any appearances? I know there was an effort to avoid Vulcan stories, but ...
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How Green are Vulcans? [duplicate]

I have read that the creators of TOS originally wanted to give Spock red skin but the red makeup they used looked bad in black and white TV. And they they considered green makeup for Spock. So did ...
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Has there ever been a bald-headed Vulcan character in Star Trek?

I can't think of one, nor can I find an example online. Thank you.
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Does a Vulcan, in a mind-meld, feel the emotions of the entity with whom he is melding?

My question is prompted by a question on English Language and Usage: Is there a word for cold empathy?. The kernel of the question is: I am looking for a word that means "understanding BUT NOT ...
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Why can't Vulcans lie given that it is logical to tell a white lie? [duplicate]

Adult humans know it is logical to tell white lies in some situations. Every one of us does that. See what happened in the movie "Star Trek Into Darkness" when Spock refused to lie and wrote ...
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Why does Tuvok sometimes fidget with his hands?

Tuvok sometimes fidgets with his hands when explaining himself. As far as I recall, Vulcans don't fidget, I suppose it would look like emotional conflict. Maybe it's some kind of routine to keep one'...
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Is there any evolutionary advantage to the position of the Vulcan heart?

We know both from the original series and Star Trek Beyond that the vulcan heart is located where the human liver is. It seems an odd and inconvenient position deprived of the protection the rib cage ...
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Why didn't the surface of Vulcan have massive gravity due to the red matter?

I was watching the Star Trek reboot again last night, and the scene where the red matter was injected into the centre of Vulcan got me thinking. Clearly this was having major catastrophic effects as ...
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Was Gene Roddenberry directly influenced by Logical Positivism when he came up with Spock?

As a student of philosophy, it's hard not to notice the similarities between a school of philosophy know as Logical Positivism and Vulcan Culture. See the following definitions: logical ...
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Is there a sequence of episodes that I can watch to get a comprehensive canonical history of Vulcan?

I want to get the history of Vulcan from the source instead of from Memory Alpha and other secondary sources. Is there a sequence of key episodes (all series included) which I can watch to pull this ...
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What is the explanation or justification for this Vulcanesque Klingon name in Star Trek: Discovery?

It has recently come to light that there will be a recurring character in Star Trek: Discovery named T'Kuvma who is A Klingon leader who is looking to unite the Klingon houses. This seems like a ...
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How vegan is the Vulcan diet?

Vulcans are widely known to be vegetarians--I think simply out of a respect for all life forms. However, they can still eat meat and do so when no other nourishment is available, such as after a crash ...
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Why does Dr. McCoy have difficulty with Vulcan biology? [duplicate]

I've been watching The Original Series and on any occasion when Mr Spock has some health issues McCoy seems either baffled or unable to help him without taking risks or being completely unable to ...
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How do Vulcans get married given that they are unable to fall in love in the first place?

As a human, I cannot imagine how a couple can get married without developing likings for each other first. How do the Vulcans find a suitable spouse in their emotionless way?
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Is Tuvok the only black Vulcan?

I spotted the following interview quoting from TV Zone magazine with Tim Russ talking about what it means to be "the black Vulcan". Tim Russ knows the reality of his place in Star Trek: ...
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Is there any connection between the hypothetical planet Vulcan and the fictional planet Vulcan?

For some time in the 19th century, it was believed that certain observed anomalies in the orbit of Mercury could be explained by the presence of a planet even closer to the sun, which was dubbed "...
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Did Picard use a Vulcan neck pinch in Starship Mine?

Last night I rewatched TNG episode Starship Mine (Season 6, Ep. 18). When Picard is having a fight with the first of the technicians (it's Tuvok everyone, hey look it's Tuvok!), he seems to win the ...
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Does Spock's appearance reflect the fact that he is only half-Vulcan?

We know that Spock is biologically half-Vulcan but to me he looks just like full-Vulcans. B'Elanna Torres is half-Klingon and half-human, but in her case you can tell; the Klingon traits like head ...
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Does Spock have any human physical characteristics that pure Vulcans don't have?

Throughout Star Trek, Spock is referred to as having many Vulcan characteristics such as his pointed ears and inner eyelids. He is also stated to be half-human. Are there any human physical ...