The Vulcan mindset has fluctuated over history. Although calm and emotionless yet compassionate beings in the modern era, they have a violent and chaotic past. The revered philosopher Surak transformed Vulcan society in the distant past, but certain factions opposed his teachings and fled the homeworld to begin their own lineage in the depths of space. But the Vulcan patriots that remained strove to unite their people and regain social harmony, and this they achieved through Surak's teachings, which helped to purify the Vulcan minds by strict mental disci-pline and logic. Today, the modern Vulcan possesses a distinguished sense of clarity of thought, embodied ulti-mately by pure logic. Some traces of their violent natures remain however, including their natural procreative im-pulses, which surface naturally roughly every seven years. The sometimes confusing and destructive symptoms of the mating instinct are described by the syndrome Pon Farr. The Vulcans are also a race which possess tele-pathic abilities, and although direct telepathy is rarely practiced, the Vulcans can employ a ritual called a Mind Meld which is used to mentally merge two minds.
When we were still using rockets with solid propellants, Vulcan spacecraft had already exceeded Warp 5. Their knowledge and technical expertise in the field of warp physics will aid our own research tremendously.
The logical Vulcan philosophy lends itself easily to scientific reasoning. As a result, the Vulcans have a strong reputation as thinkers and researchers in every field. The Vulcan Science Academy is home to the best and bright-est minds that Vulcan has to offer.