I want to create a story where an alien had the power to telepathcally control the collective choices of human society (example controling how we feel about certain events , morals and political beliefs)

For unknown reasons this alien saw human civilization as a threat to his own existence.

How would this alien go about strategically using his telepathic powers to covertly destroy society until human civilization eventually collapses?

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    $\begingroup$ "Hmmm. I forgot what this button marked 'Launch the nuclear missiles' does. Guess I'll press it and find out..." $\endgroup$
    – user535733
    May 25, 2020 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ This sounds more like a writing the problem than world building, but my best guess is to instill absolute xenophobia against certain countries, instill the militarization, begin world war 3 Archduke Ferdinand style (lame excuse) increase overall approval on the use of nuclear weapons while downing the overall fear of death, nuke several locations, cause a severe nuclear winter, cause mass starvation and there. Even if some humans survive somehow, they'll be much easier to hunt down than ending the entire human race directly. $\endgroup$ May 25, 2020 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ Are we talking about the current political earth or an earth-like planet somewhere else? $\endgroup$
    – V.Aggarwal
    May 25, 2020 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ Get them all to drink the KoolAid. $\endgroup$ May 25, 2020 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ Have you seen "the Kingsman", in that movie a mobile signal makes everyone mad (general public) and they start killing each other for no reasons. $\endgroup$
    – V.Aggarwal
    May 26, 2020 at 6:22

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It is actually easier than you think, you don't have to control too many humans to get us into an apocalyptic war, Just pinpoint a few world-leaders and they will get the things sorted out for you.

Step 1: Select a few nations that are powerful and are usually against each other. (US, China, Russia for starters).

Step 2: Select the political leaders (just the top ones), some influential media houses, and the intelligence agencies.

Step 3: Make them feel like the enemy are at the gates (not literally) and are about the launch of an all-out attack.

Step 4: A few false memories here and there, a few accidents at key locations (like a distant air-base), a missing nuclear submarine should do the trick.

Step 5: Just relax, our leaders will do the rest for you, But don't forget to make minor adjustments if and when required.

Step 6: Come for cleanup of whatever left when its all over.


To be honest, the most terrifying part of this answer is that i can't say it isn't happening right now, but to answer your question:

Take control of the media, both sides: if you control the media you control what most of the population knows and feels, so from there is trivial to make an ideological war between them so people will get at each other throats.

Take control over some key people in different countries: mostly high level politicians, but public figures, celebrities, whistle-blowers and tech-owners are a good start. With so many different angles of attack you can cause some real damage, including but not limited to:

  • Release confidential information that make the people lose their trust in their government
  • International scandals like a virus escaping from certain country labs and causing a pandemic.
  • Wars that forces population relocation and the subsequent problems it causes, bonus points if you move them to the most culturally different place possible.
  • Use indoctrination and propaganda to force people to abandon societal structures, lack of structures is the fastest way into chaos.
  • feed people false information along with the truth to confuse them, just by muddying the field with false accusations is enough to cause social chaos.
  • all the while make sure to remove weapons from the people who may see your plan and put it in the hands of the ones who will do the killing in the name of your new world order

If this answer hit too close to home you can always dismiss it and go with something more fictional like WWW3 or something


I'd assume that the aliens can control any number of people, from one to the global population, so here some ideas, roughly ordered by time frame

Just convince all the human race (or at lease, a good 80% of them) that they need to commit a ritual suicide at a certain date for whatever reason you want. In this case the collapse is basically immediate.

As the previous but just convince a small percentage about 2-3% to commit ritual suicide every single day. About 70/210 millions (random) people will kill themselves every day. Given that the population grow at about 1% a year, this means that in a week you go back about 10 year in population numbers, without the time to adjust the society, which likely will collapse in about a month (or a couple) if not for anything else because there will be not enough people with the skill to maintain the current infrastructure.

Another way it to make everyone extremely suspicious (or even better, extremely paranoid) about everyone else. The current society works on the the implicit trust between people. Remove this trust and the society will likely collapse since it is needed for everyday activity: are you really sure that the guy who is selling you the food does not want to poison you ? Or the bus driver does not want to kill all the passenger ? And so on...

Exploit what you already have. Make people follow and to believe to every conspiracy thesis you can think of. Pretty soon you will see that the infrastructure will be damaged from someone (COVID-19 and 5G tower for example). Once the infrastructure begin to fall, and it will fall because the people who want to destroy it are way more than the people who repair it, the society cannot sustain itself to the current level and begin to fall too.


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