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An alternate Earth has two species coexisting in it: Humans and Khnosh (/x'ʔɒʃ/) since the Stone Age. Adult Khnosh have the intelligence of the average 8 year old human but the strength of a human adult. Humans and Khnosh cannot interbreed with each other. Khnosh have the body shape of humans, but have blue skin and orange eyes that make them visually distinct from each other. The ratio of Humans to Khnosh is 4:1.

Khnosh are capable of performing simple, repetitive tasks such as screwing caps on bottles, assembling furniture, cooking food in restaurants, lifting and organizing boxes, and farming (without the use of complicated machines). They can live on their own and perform most tasks needed for independent living (making beds, cooking, brushing teeth, etc.) but most Khnosh cannot perform certain functions in life (ex. paying taxes).

Humans first encountered Khnosh in Anatolia (Western Turkey) when both species were living as hunter-gatherers. From Anatolia, they soon spread throughout Europe, followed by the Eastern Hemisphere, and were introduced into the Americas by European colonists. This means that Native Americans did not have Khnosh in the pre-Columbian era.

So what would a society where humans coexist with a second species with the intelligence of an 8 year old look like?

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  • $\begingroup$ 1 question per post, narrow enough to not require a book to be answered. please $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Feb 15, 2020 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ I revised my question. Is it good to go now? $\endgroup$
    – Galactic
    Feb 15, 2020 at 6:17
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    $\begingroup$ It's still quite broad, but I'm voting to reopen. $\endgroup$
    – Hyfnae
    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica, is this question focused enough to be reopened? $\endgroup$
    – Galactic
    Feb 15, 2020 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ I still count 3 questions, and some of them opinion based. $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Feb 16, 2020 at 4:21

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So what would a society where humans coexist with a second species with the intelligence of an 8 year old look like?

Look back into slavery.

Every culture that said "this race is mentally unable to do X." Well, now it's true. Only need to replace maids, butlers, farmhands, drivers with you homemade race.

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    $\begingroup$ Slavery, all the way $\endgroup$ Feb 18, 2020 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Gustavo, would enslaving Khnosh be any different than enslaving human beings with an average IQ of 100? $\endgroup$
    – Galactic
    Feb 19, 2020 at 5:48
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    $\begingroup$ @galactic_analyzer slavery needs not a reason, barely an excuse. The people in the story could point fingers because they look different, even if they were bona fide DaVinci. $\endgroup$
    – Gustavo
    Feb 20, 2020 at 1:04
  • $\begingroup$ This exactly, except that the 8-year-old slaves will be much easier to control than historical slaves were, owing to the Knosh's genuinely inferior mental abilities. The Knosh will never produce a Frederick Douglass, an Ida B Wells, a Martin Luther King, Jr. History suggests that the Knosh will be universally, systematically exploited, to everyone's detriment. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Mar 12 at 10:39
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from Wikipedia. "The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, equivalent to the mental ability of an eight- or nine-year-old child"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome#:~:text=The%20average%20IQ%20of%20a,individual%20are%20usually%20genetically%20normal.

So the entire race would be humans with down syndrome.

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