I just wanted to check with others, in the Star Trek original series episode "The Changeling", when Nomad enters engineering and adjusts the engines to move faster than they are designed to do, does Scotty call out 'watch that polymath?'. I find the episode addresses a range of problems concerning intelligence and learning.


I Believe he said Polymass --TOSrules 02:10, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
Yeah: "Watch your panels, everyone. Watch that polymass." --Alan del Beccio 02:10, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
Seems Flare had a weak discussion on it. --Alan del Beccio 02:13, 1 March 2007 (UTC)


Thanks, are you sure from a script, that the word is polymass and not polymath. The reason I am interested is that the entire episode seems to treat a mind set which learns extemely fast and becomes extremely dangerous. A polymath is a extremely fast learner in a variety of fields, many of them over the centuries have been great, but the mind set has its drawbacks. For one thing geniuses are sometimes very logical and do not take well to Human relationships. Then you have Uhura whose mind gets eradicated and they take the trouble of showing her learning. Well it just seemed the reference to 'watch that polymath' was an interesting clue to the meaning of the show. Another point of interest to me are the words 'Tan Ru' which Spock utters during the mind meld with Nomad. 'Tan Ru' or 'Ton Ru' is the name of the 'Other' that Nomad encountered in deep space. Could Tan Ru be an anagram for nature? The highly absorptive polymath mind encounters nature with all sorts of interesting consequences?