Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The true ethical lessons of the Kobayashi Maru test in Star Trek

Just what are cadets to learn from the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Star Trek? While it’s the perfect foreshadowing and opening for Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, with its discussion of death and sacrifice, and is later used to show the cockiness of Kirk and the rigidity of Spock in the 2009 reboot, is there more to the test than just a narrative device? For one writer, the test isn’t about the scenario itself but instead how it informs the test-taker’s perspective on life and death.

Writing for Forbes, Janet D. Stemwedel discusses the parameters of the test as well as exactly what types of ethics it’s actually testing. For those unfamiliar, here’s the Kobayashi Maru test as presented in Star Trek II:

Stemwedel points out that Kirk’s solution for the test—essentially cheating and reprogramming it to allow a win-win scenario …

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