Susan Sackett, former executive assistant to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will be speaking in Indiana this weekend on behalf of humanism.
As reported by www.reporter-times.com, Sackett will be appearing this weekend in Bloomington and Indianapolis, where she will discuss “Humanism in Star Trek.” “Gene Roddenberry was a humanist and this is a good way to tie the two topics together,” said Sackett, who worked for Roddenberry from 1974 until his death in 1991.Sackett is a board member of the American Humanist Association, as well as an author of ten books, including “Inside Trek: My Secret Life with Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry.” She now runs an electric bicycle shop in Tucson, Arizona, and travels throughout the country on behalf of humanism.
“Humanism is a rational philosophy without supernatural or superstitious beliefs,” said Sackett. “Roddenberry himself was an agnostic and a humanist. Humanism is the philosophy that reason, creativity, and our basic shared sense of ethics are all that is needed for humanity to improve its condition.”
Sackett is optimistic about Star Trek XI, mostly due to her opinion of Director J.J. Abrams, as well as trailers that she has seen. According to Sackett, Chris Pine (Kirk,) looks “baby-faced,” and she is impressed with Zachary Quinto’s (Spock) work in Heroes.