I asked two months ago if a very short-lived species may raise as stable civilization, and it appeared that the global answer was yes, but with culture and society more focused on community rather than individual than ours.
But last time I played the Sims, I noted something : their world and life mode are very similar to ours, except their life expectancy. As long as I know, they usually live around three months (for normal a game). But almost nothing in their culture differ than American culture.
The only consequent differences are activities or periods that are long for humans, and shorter for them.
Some samples :
- An average human life expectancy is around 80 years, a sim's one is around 3 months.
- Gestation period is at most 9 months for a human, 3 to 5 days for a sim.
- Humans that start to date each other like to wait for steps even if they are sure to love each other, and wait sometimes years before a wedding. Sims can marry only a few days after met their partner.
Finally, it looks that they reduce times for everything that would be too long for them, and keep short common life events (eat a meal, take a shower, to sleep a night, etc) as long as humans do. And it seems to work!
So my question is : if on another planet, a sims people was real, but without help of a supernatural player-god (let's suppose they would be as intelligent as humans), could it build a civilization that would stand the test of time? With culture and traditions similar as human ones?