Flash forward a half-century and you have Star Trek, a movie where the chief science officer (Spock) saves the day, gets the girl, even gets to beat up Kirk. Sure, the movie happens to be excellent (will someone please get Karl Urban a leading role that doesn't involve fighting Vikings!?), but the $76.5 million gross doesn't just mean the movie is good, it means that the movie, and its reverence of science, resonates through our supposedly humanities-dominated culture. As further proof of the ascendancy of an evidence-respecting, science-based culture, editorials in the New York Times, Salon, and Time all identify Spock as a precursor to President Obama. In addition to being our first black president, I guess he's also our first Vulcan president. Or something.