I’m watching an episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I had a thought. With literally anything possible, and countless phenomena already experienced and recorded, how does any one maintain any sort of a sense of doubt? I shall explain with a couple vignettes.
1) Deja Vu
“Dude, I totally feel like I’ve been here before.”
“Of course you do, it’s the mall, brah.”
“No, man, I mean like right here, in this exact time, with you, doing this stuff…”
“Oh? You’re probably just trapped in a temporal loop. Just go with it.”
2) Criminal Justice
“Your Honor, I swear I never meant to kill her. It wasn’t me. My body must have been taken over by an alien intelligence.”
“Given that sentient, aphysical, energy-based lifeforms are real and have been reported to take over people on a whim and do dastardly things, I see no way here to overcome the burden of reasonable doubt. You are free to go.”
How is it that these characters are always so doubtful at first? I mean, how is it that these characters don’t just believe the first thing that comes out of your mouth?
“Captain, I am actually travelling backwards through time.”
“Oh, that’s cool. What’s the future like? Did you catch the lottery numbers?”
And how are they not super-paranoid about everything?
“You coughed three times more today than average! We need to scan you for alien infection! Security, escort this invader to sickbay.”
I hope I didn’t just permanently destroy my sense of disbelief. Any other examples come to mind?