In this segment, we finish up our leadership roll call for the USS Enterprise/Battleship Brain by meeting the ship’s third-in-command, Montgomery Scott, perhaps better known as the “Scotty” who “beams up” crew members into or off of the ship. In the original series, he was played by James Doohan, and in the recent movie series, by Simon Pegg.
In Star Trek lore, Mr. Scott was the ever-steady presence in the heart of the ship, the chief engineer who could fix anything with enough time, given that he always had enough ingenuity. A very critical role, in other words.
In the brain, though, I’m having you consider him even more influential (and, thus, if Captain Kirk is not careful, more dangerous). Although he’s third-in-command, I want you to consider that in the USS Enterprise, he’s just as powerful as the Captain. As a dutiful crew member, he’s willing to subordinate himself to Kirk, but only on the condition that Kirk gives him his due. If Kirk refuses to do that—in other words, if the decision-making functions do not account for the emotional experiences underneath them—Scotty can turn real ugly, real fast.
I cannot emphasize this enough, even at this stage of our series:
IN THE USS ENTERPRISE/BATTLESHIP BRAIN, IF SCOTTY DOES NOT GET ADEQUATE ATTENTION FROM KIRK, SCOTTY WILL MUTINY!
HE WILL EITHER TAKE OVER THE BRIDGE OR HE WILL POISON THE CREW.
“IGNORE” MR. SCOTT AT YOUR PERIL!!!!!
YOU CAN’T IGNORE HIM IN THE LONG RUN!!!
EVEN IF IT TAKES YEARS, HE WILL HAVE HIS SAY IN YOUR LIFE!!!
IF HE HAS TO MAKE HIMSELF KNOWN “BY FORCE,” HE WILL. IT WON’T BE PRETTY.
High drama enough for you?
Please, please: imagine what it might be like to believe me, if you have to. You don’t want an angry Scotsman in the middle of your brain,
From metaphor now to reality: in your brain, the limbic system is the first stop for all your experiences. You can’t bypass it, can’t, can’t. I don’t care what your family taught you. I don’t care what your culture taught you. I don’t care what your basic training instructor taught you. I don’t care what the Department of Defense publishes in its regulations. You can’t bypass emotion. You can’t.
If you think you are bypassing it, you’re wrong. Instead, you have only developed well your inhibitory mechanisms (the military police of your brain) to slap down the emotional experiences that are already there. No ifs, ands, or buts: experience does not hit the cortex (the Crew and the Bridge) first. Never has, never will.
In the USS Enterprise/Battleship Brain, Scotty is in charge of the Transporter Room, i.e., the limbic system. He is its supervisor. He represents the sum total of our emotional experiences that are needing to be processed and assigned their spots in our brain and our mental life. When brigades of radioactive crew members find themselves transported onto our ships, Mr. Scott is the one who is going to have to handle them all until the rest of the brain (i.e., Kirk and McCoy, the prefrontal cortex and the cortex) deals with them. It’s a dirty job, but a he’s a loyal third-in-command. He’ll do what he can.
To a point.
I can’t emphasize that enough: to a point. Everyone has his or her breaking point. When Scotty hits his, watch out. Mutinies are not fun.
We’ll get to all that later.
Before we do, though, let me introduce you to one more character, one not in the original series or in its newer version. In the next segment I present to you a crew member whose role in our series will be small, but crucial. It’s Private First Class “Scotty Jr.”
As always, though, remember our motto: Decontaminating the Radioactive Emotions of War to Create a Radiating, Emotion-Filled Deployment Back into Life. See you then.
14, The Ship’s Leadership, The Limbic System