UPN (ended 2005)
I read something on Wikipedia about a possible, real life, pressure point on the neck that might cause blackout when stimulated preceisly, but it's not quite the same thing.
|There is a nerve that leads from the shoulder to the neck that when porperly hit will knock you to your knees, but I bon't think it will cause you to blackout. If you watch some of the action shows from that time like Mission Impossible, I Spy, and Star Trek TOS you will see them hit someone on the shoulder with a karate chop and they pass out, but in the real world I don't think that happens. If you were to hit someone hard enough to make them blackout you would probably wind up breaking their collar bone.|
I actually used that (the "nerve" pinch) once when I was in a fight. You are correct that it won't make you blackout, but it does cause temporary pain that, if done right, can subdue an opponent for a moment. You have to experiment a little to find the right spot, but it is close to the base of the neck and just above the collar bone. Sometimes people are more sensitive to the pinch on one side than they are to the other side. I've also found that the more muscular the person the harder it is to pull this off, because you need access to the soft tissue between the shoulder and the neck.
PS. Even though I've only used it in a fight ONCE, I used it many times when I wanted to just annoy people in high school. But that was 15 years ago. I've matured greatly since then!
Well I always assumed it was because Vulcans are touch telepaths, that when they touched a person they sent a telepathic shock through this touch, effectively "shorting out" the person. But then that doesn;t explain how Data used it though.
I've seen a few interesting points raised here. Taking into consideration that Data was able to perform the Vulcan nerve pinch pretty much shatters my beleif on the matter. I've always believed that the Vulcan physiology had more to do with it than their superior strength. Take into consideration their unique ability to Mind Meld. I for one believe that the Vulcan nervous system is the cause of their talents. Their hands, for example, serve as conduits for deep telepathic links, it stands to reason that there must be synaptic pathways of sorts in their hands that allow Mind Melds to be possible. I've always believed that it is these same nerves that are used to send a shock into the nerve in the necks of their targets, not a telepathic shock, more comparable to being stung by jellyfish.
It doesn't surprise me in the least tha a sophisticated android like Data was able to do the same thing; a small shock into that nerve would have an effect identical to that of the Vulcan nerve pinch.