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Magic and Evolution

I am thinking about magic in humans and the long term effects on humanity. This is normally handwaved in magic-using stories everywhere, be it Marvel Superheroes or Fantasy. This handwaving is ...
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Clothes in a vegetarian society?

Two of the societies in my world are supposed to be vegetarian/vegan. Society 1 lives in a temperate climate, similar to central/eastern Europe. I've thought of cotton-like plants for clothing and ...
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Can humanity survive if all people are born females and later become males?

In the real world all humans start off as females in the womb and then develop male organs before being born. I'd like to expand that concept further to the humans in my world. In my world, humans ...
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All mammals are now conscious and extremely intelligent. Why does a non-human mammal want to revert it? [closed]

History: Our expirements backfired. We tried to give a couple great apes consciousness intelligence, and sapience and we thought we failed and released them back into nature. Turns out, our ...
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How would Humans change, or evolve, to being Domed for many thousands of years?

A little snippet from my story idea, for some context- "The Earth Government Collapses, caused by the cutoff of resources from the Colonies. Large-Scale war soon erupts, with Nuclear Weapons being ...
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How do you determine if food is edible [duplicate]

I want to have a story where my character's find them selves on earth many thousands of years after an asteroid killed off most of life on earth. They have been in a bunker along with many other ...
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What justifications would people use to justify discrimination of people with special powers?

The whole 'prejudice against mutants with powers' thing has been done to death, most notably with X-men. However, I always felt that it was too over the top, the blind hate being excessive and no ...
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Earth-like planet : the development of first civilisations

After building tectonic plates and today's continents shape of this earth-like planet, comes the time to put humans on it. On this planet, humans have expanded and traveled the same way Homo erectus ...
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Is a genetically modified human with a much higher height plausible?

I've created a genetically modified race of humans with an extreme height. I've taken into account the cube square law, and added some bones and muscles to help cope with that. I'm planning on making ...
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Would a human brain with 50% fewer neurons but 50% more dendrites be as intelligent in modern society?

Suppose advancement in medicine and using cutting edge technology we could remove (halve) the amount of neurons in a healthy brain and allow the left over neurons to somehow grows extra dendrites that ...
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What is the slightest change needed in human society to erase the lazy and the weak from the gene pool? [closed]

Archeologists speculate that Homo erectus went extinct simply because of laziness. Since there are no signs of mass murders or racial wars back in the day where the world was populated by many ...
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Erasing love from the world

TL:DR love sucks and causes humans to blindly look for a perfect match which eventually fails because no one is perfect for one another, relationship are built not gifted from God Evolutionary ...
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What size would my race to be to be able to both use insectoid wings and have moderate intelligence, sentience, and general mental aptitude?

I know I can't simply scale up insect wings and place them on a human for them to work. I am creating a race that is constituted of small humanoids with dragonfly wings. How small do I have to make ...
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Humans In A Fantasy World [closed]

I am currently building a fantasy world that contains humans inside of it, but the problem I currently face or wonder about is what physical differences there might be in my world compared to the ones ...
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How much TNT is required to vaporize a human body?

Ideally, when I die I want to be blown up; go out with a bang, you know? However, I wouldn't want chunks raining down on everyone. How much TNT would I need to have secured for my funeral to ...
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How can an organ that provides biological immortality be unable to regenerate?

After Cain killed his worthless brother Abel, he was unjustly cursed by God to wander the earth forever. On his travels, he met a sympathetic woman named Lilith. They discovered that they had a mutual ...
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What would a room full of six month old skeletons smell like? [closed]

I'm sure six months of decomposition, even in an enclosed, low-humidity space, will have the bodies reduced to dry skeletons. By then, would you still have the classic dead body stench that sends ...
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Reasonably tougher humans against falls, concussions etc

My question is, how do we make humans more able to resist falls(not just free falls, also normal ones and from a "medium" height, 2-10 meters) and be able to move afterwards, at least for the jumps on ...
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How small can I make this character without making it too weird?

I'm creating a character who was born after a long period of genetic instability, which created a lot more diversity throughout the human race. I'm planning on making my character excessively small ...
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What would beds, couches , doors and clothes look like if humans had prehensile tails? [duplicate]

So, let's say long ago, somewhere along the evolutionary process, homo sapiens got fully prehensile tails that can support their weight, of about 1,5 to 2 meters long. The tail is naked, about as ...
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What if we created a race of humans specialized for islands?

I'm creating a fictional universe in which several races exist that are very different from each other due to long term separation. One race is specialized for archipelagos and more specifically, ...
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How would Aliens care for “endangered” humans? [closed]

Sci-fi novel. Book is told from the POV of a alien that works at the sanctuary. I don't think this is too important, but the aliens are sort of an anthro-snail that lives on the underground and ...
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What if we created a race of humans specialized for a tundra biome?

I'm creating a fictional universe in which several races exist that are very different from each other due to long term separation. One race is specialized for the tundra, and is subjected to several ...
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How to bring humans near to extinction? [closed]

So, I have a bunch of people (say a hundred) who want to bring humans to extinction. These "people" I'm talking about (let's call them demons, though they aren't actually demons) are stronger than the ...
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Humanity is doomed because of succubi

The first two answers in the anatomically correct succubi question suggest a parasitic approach to the concept of succubi which snatches off human organs, either the tongue or the vagina and feed off ...
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Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out over ...
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What does it take to be entirely self-sufficient?

Say you were to have anywhere from one to ten people on an island in the ocean (On Earth). Close enough to get to the mainland for luxury items that can't be grown. The people living here want basic ...
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Alternatives to a modern world that uses unemployed as a resource [closed]

In a human, modern, developed, technological world, the benefits of modernism begin to deliver bad results. It takes a huge force to concentrate in large cities, housing is unaffordable, jobs have ...
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How could the Soylent Corporation remain in business after their horrible secret has been revealed?

I'm the CEO of the Soylent Corporation, and we have a problem. Some cop just revealed our secret: Our premiere food product Soylent Green: is made out of people! (sigh) We're going to lose ...
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Do dead human bodies have a particular smell?

I'm working on a story where there is a crime scene where the protagonist (who has a superhuman sense of smell) notices a scent that smells like human corpses due to their abilities. I'm wondering how ...
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What non-primate animals have similar blood to humans?

I am writing about a blood magic cult, and they drink/paint with collected blood to preform rituals and bursts of magic. Most of their supply is garnered through the use of human cattle, but in a ...
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All humans but one vanish in each country. How would they be able to find each other? [closed]

Imagine as of 2019 (just to avoid the coronavirus thing), every human vanishes (literally) except for one per country, chosen randomly. Assuming around ~200 countries, that means there are 200 human ...
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What are some personality traits that don't exist in humans, but may exist with extraterrestrials? [closed]

For example, humans can be anxious, headstrong, loving, maniacal. These are traits we can empathize and understand as we are also human. But there must be some sort of limit to what these emotions are ...
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What is the minimum and maximum gravity level that nearly all humans can sustain over a 5 year period?

There are several questions related to effects of different gravity levels on the human body, but none adequately answer a fundamental question: What is the maximum and minimum gravity that nearly all ...
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Would Simultaneously Hermaphroditic Humans Still be “Men” and “Women”?

When looking exclusively at the muscular and skeletal systems of male and female humans, on average, we'd find what scientists call "sexual dimorphism". Even their voices are sexually dimorphic--...
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Immortal humans and menopause?

Setting, a land apart from the world, where an immortal race of humans live. Their social culture began as egalitarian hunter gatherers. Their cells are resistant to senescence and mutation, and they ...
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How could a person correct their vision with limited technology?

I'm brainstorming a character (human) and I was thinking about how they would correct their vision if they were short/long-sighted. I would assume that the poorer people would just deal with their bad ...
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How would a god pick up humans from earth?

I am building a world in which there are several gods at war. One of these gods creates the earth and humans. He intends to use the humans as cheap forces that reproduce in the war. Along with the ...
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What would be the tallest possible height for humanlike creatures in earthlike conditions?

This is about "giants" inhabiting a fictional earth-like planet somewhere in the Universe (like those in the movie Prometheus, for example). Assuming that all the conditions (temperature, gravity, ...
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Gold as a conductor for spiritual energy

Trying to develop a consistent system for my world based on the idea of the substance, Gold, being a special material that can conduct spiritual energy in a way similar to how metal already conducts ...
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Can You Evolve a Second Pair of Pectoral Muscles Without The Need for Flight?

Somewhere on DeviantArt, there is an insightful tutorial by someone named "Uzlo" on how to create anatomically believable angels. Among the instructed details is the possibility of developing a ...
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How to make humans less boring [closed]

We all know how typically different species are portrayed in fantasy. Elves are frail, dexterous, magical, sophisticated; orcs strong, brutal, barbaric; dwarfs hard, sturdy, drink a lot and so on and ...
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Theoretically, would it be possible for a human to break another human''s neck?

In this particular case, I am talking about an extremely flexible human. In my story, this human catches another's head with his legs and manages to snap his neck. I know a human can't simply snap ...
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Would civilization collapse if everyone becomes invisible to one another?

Set in the modern day, a meteorite lands in the pacific ocean and green flash of light sweep the entire globe. All of a sudden we are blinded to the presence of another human being, it seems that the ...
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What is the smallest geological change possible to make human evolution untraceable?

Human evolution has a reasonably complete fossil record pointing to the fact that we and apes evolved from a common ancestor within the last 10 million years or so. But I want a world where it could ...
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What is the earliest age an actual baby can use his vocal chords to speak?

I am making a reincarnation novel with all of the protagonist's memories intact from the previous life. So what is the time when the protagonist can actually communicate through speaking?
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How would multiple minds control a single body?

One trope seen in movies is mind control. This trope involves a person or thing taking over another person’s body, whilst visual or auditory cues and friends try to help the original person regain ...
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How can sex lead to a boost in performance for competitive sports for men?

Many believe that sex before a competition can have a negative impact on performance in combat, speed and strength sports in males. Athletes from strength and speed sports showed decreased performance ...
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Who is likely to die because of a prolonged power outage? How long does it take?

My antagonist is going to cause a widespread blackout to flex on the protagonist, but the unexpected consequence is that some folks are going to die as a result. This will cause the protagonist to ...
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My character has a healing ability. Would drugs work on him? [closed]

I have a character with the ability to quickly heal himself and others of most illnesses and diseases. I want to write a scene where he’s drugged with a sleeping medication (melatonin, or something ...

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