Originally posted at Yahoo! News By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News
At Friday’s opening day of Wondercon 2013
, the swords were drawn early. Or, more specifically, the light sabers were drawn and the phasers were set to kill.
Four experts, including two psychologists, debated four specific topics as part of an epic breakdown analyzing the respective strengths and weaknesses of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek."
To an outsider, the debate might seem trivial. But to fans of each series, the differences have long run deep, pitting the more cerebral science fiction of "Star Trek" against the emotional, fantasy-driven stories of the "Star Wars" universe.
As the debate opened, it was clear a majority of the hundreds of Wondercon attendees who packed into the ballroom showed up in, er, force, to support "Star Wars."
Well, first of all, there are not as many Trekkies here because they are all at work today,” quipped Larry Nemecek, author of "Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion
Round 1: Nature vs. Nurture
Thanks to the infamous "Star Wars" prequels, we now know that the villainous Darth Vader was not always bad. But the greatest villain of "Star Trek," Khan Noonan Singh, was literally born bad–
a product of genetic engineering who believed himself superior to lesser men. So, which is the better story?
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