The first time I watched Star Trek and heard Captain Kirk utter the phrase – Set your phasers to stun! – it occurred to me that these future weapons had a number of different settings. While most people assumed a simple two-position switch with only kill or stun options, I found myself dwelling on the possibilities of an eight or ten-position switch and wondering what the other options might be. Perhaps they would include stun 1 (with pain), stun 2 (without pain), giggle (make them laugh uncontrollably), amnesia (forget what theyre doing), slo-mo (causing them to move in slow motion),...
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And some people on this site think we don't already have tyranny in America.
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