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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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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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Have any humans remained conscious after a Vulcan nerve pinch other than Khan Noonien Singh?

In the film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Khan Noonien Singh notably remains conscious after the famous Vulcan nerve pinch. In the Star Trek canon, have any other humans been able to achieve this?
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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: Voyager. ...
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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 ...
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Vulcans and eye shadow

Do Vulcans wear lots of eye shadow, or is it just the color of their skin? Is it only the males? I could be wrong, but it didn't seem like T'pol had as much makeup?
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In what film/scene was Vulcan calligraphy shown?

I'm trying to identify a scene where I seem to remember Vulcan calligraphy was shown, possibly definitely displayed high on a wall or projected into the air. I remember it was quite impressive looking....
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Did Spock spread a disease through mind melds?

On Enterprise (the TV series) the Vulcan science officer T'pol catches a fatal disease spread by the "highly intimate" act of being the receptive partner in a mind meld. Both T'pol and the Vulcan ...
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What's the deal with Vulcans and contractions?

I was reading this WikiHow article on how to become more Vulcan-like and the 7th step is When speaking, do not use contractions! Vulcans believe contractions in sentences are illogical. I don't ...
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Can the Vulcan nerve pinch kill someone?

Although Vulcans typically aren't into unnecessary killing, would they be able to kill someone with the Vulcan nerve pinch?
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Why doesn't anyone mention the obvious about the Vulcan temple?

In Star Trek: Enterprise, Vulcans repeatedly give Archer grief for the destruction of their prized and ancient temple thing at P'Jem, and no one ever says the obvious thing that shuts down that stupid ...
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How do Vulcans reproduce themselves given that they are emotionless?

Since Vulcans are emotionless, how do they get into the mood for sex? How do they solve the problem of reproduction when sex is not possible?
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Is there evidence that Vulcan logic is based on utilitarianism?

I'm writing an essay in which I analyze utilitarianism, and I decided to open it with: “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” While the quote famously ...
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Who invented Darth Vader? George Lucas or George McFly?

In Back to the Future, Marty famously frightens his father into action in 1955 by pretending to be Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan: Presumably, Star Trek and Star ...
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What's the standard procedure for actors playing Vulcans on TNG?

When actors were hired to guest star as Vulcans on TNG and TNG-era shows, were they required to review any of Spock's performances from TOS and the episode "Amok Time" in particular (for Vulcan ...
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How are Vulcans that don't strive for logic treated?

While in history, there were a number of Vulcans who rejected logic, and fought wars with the majority that did (one of which resulted in the Romulan Star Empire), what happens to modern-day Vulcans (...
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How did the Terran Empire take over the Vulcans?

In the episode "In the Mirror Darkly", the Terran Empire consider the Vulcans as slaves, but the Terrans only obtained one Vulcan scout ship - how would have this been enough to take over a warp-...
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The verb “to be” in Modern Golic Vulcan

does the verb "to be" exist in Modern Golic Vulcan? I am trying to pick up this language, and can't seem to find this verb in any of the dictionaries. If it does exist, what is it?
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What normally happens to a Katra?

In Wrath of Khan Then in Search for Spock In Search for Spock, Sarek tells Jim: I assumed he had mind-melded with you. It is the Vulcan way when the body's end is near. (source) So it seems to ...