If you’re a Star Trek aficionado, then not only have you heard of the “Kobayashi Maru Scenario” but you can recount it easily to others.
For those of you who may not be familiar with it, the Kobayashi Maru Scenario is a no-win situation cadets encounter at the series’ Starfleet Academy. In it, the cadet is in command of the Federation ship, responsible for rescuing another Federation vessel (the Kobayshi Maru) from attacking Klingon Warbirds. If the cadet chooses not to save the ship in distress, it will be destroyed with all hands. However, if he goes to the ship’s aid, he will precipitate an all-out war with the Klingons. Furthermore, if the cadet attempts the rescue mission, he not only finds himself being unsuccessful in saving the Kobayashi Maru but he and his crew end up dying in the attempt. [read]