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How would a group of extra-terrestrial infiltrators go about destroying a free market economy [closed]

Let's say that a small group (around 20 or so) of well-equipped, highly intelligent ETs have secretly made their way on to Earth. They have all the knowledge they need of our various languages and ...
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How can the human body be optimized, yet still be mostly human?

I've been curious for a while now about how much room we have left for evolution as a species, or at the very least, as a people, due to one of my projects involving genetically-engineered superhuman ...
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What would be the ideal of beauty in a world of a completely female human species?

This is a very hard question, if well the future and sociocultural interactions are hard to predict and many times could be wrong, but with the enough antropologic investigation comparing historical ...
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How and why would there be stretchy humans

this is my first time asking something so please bear with me 🥵 I want to know how we could have humans that can stretch their body’s very far. Like what evolutionary pressures or things in cells. ...
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What adaptations would humans need to become partially aquatic (like otters, seals, etc.)?

Continuing from this discussion: Why might it be desirable to engineer aquatic humans? In a society in which humans have been bio-engineered for a partially marine lifestyle (I mentioned otters and ...
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Would it ever be possible to "vaccinate" against feelings/ideas/beliefs?

If we think of some world views as viruses... Would it hypothetically be possible to create a vaccine for this or, in another way, make a person immune to these views? I'm thinking racism, xenophobia, ...
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Can there be democracy in a society that cannot count?

Parallel universe, human in this alternate Earth are innumerate at least; they do not have a sense of counting or quantifying if you will. I am wondering since these primitive humans are beginning to ...
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Which countries/organizations are most likely to ensure survival on a freezing Earth?

I am writing some fiction about a freezing Earth. My previous questions about it were mostly about the physics aspects of it. After watching the Snowpiercer movie, I'd like to explore a human aspect. ...
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Why Would Someone Fuse With a Light Farungen? [closed]

Recap: Creatures of living elements, called Farungen, exist in this world, which is a medieval fantasy-type. Most Farungen keep to themselves in remote areas (Fire Farungen in volcanos, Ice Farungen ...
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Why Would Someone Intentionally Get Consumed by a Dark Farungen?

I know that this question demands answers, so here we go: Creatures of living elements, called Farungen, exist in this world, which is a medieval fantasy-type. Most Farungen keep to themselves in ...
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How would skin tone change with distance to the Sun?

Not sure if this question has been asked before, but here goes; How would skin tone change with distance to the Sun? For context to this question, I'm planning out a future Solar System, with Humanity ...
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Would a lobby-like system of self-governing work?

In this form of self-government, a lobby is a set of 21 people in an area. Similar to a county, but on a much smaller scale, each lobby governs their immediate surroundings. The 21 people are only ...
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Dehumanising religions/cults [closed]

What real life examples of cults exists where people are turned willingly into work machines dedicated to one cause. Where's the cause is strong enough to overwrite human emotions, natural cravings, ...
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What can cause a living person to explode?

I have a lab in which many tests are done on prisoners. I need some kind of material that causes the body (whole or a part of it) to explode after injection. Is there any realistic material that ...
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In a world like current Earth but where most forests have been cut down, what would be the impact on the world's Atmosphere?

In a world like current Earth but where most of the trees and forests have been cut down, what would be the impact on the world's Atmosphere, in short and long term? Would that make the world hotter? ...
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How to achieve an average life expectancy of several centuries in the Stone Age?

Min (c. 1499-2006) (the name of the animal was given in honor of the oldest Chinese dynasty, which ruled exactly at the time when the baby clam was born), given to a specimen of the mollusk species ...
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Feasibility of a goat tower in the middle ages?

From Wikipedia. "A goat tower is a multi-story decorative goat house, modeled on a European garden folly, an early example of which was built in Portugal in the 19th century. The first goat ...
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My character got whipped and I want to know whether the extent of her injuries is possibe [closed]

My original character got whipped and I don't want any scarring to happen. What I imagine is a that is bruised skin with black lines criss-crossing all over the back. The skin is not broken. Is it ...
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Beds for people who practise group marriage

On the world of Thirdrock, the humans there practise group marriage: one to three women marry one to three men, with a maximum of four people in the marriage (or occasionally five under rare and ...
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Human-Alien Hybrid Babies (18+) [closed]

Okay, I have stories with interspecies sex, complete with viable offspring. What kind of gene editing would be needed for that to even work, and how would the resulting child's genes be expressed? And ...
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How to limit population growth in a utopia?

In my fictional nation, the government has figured out how to provide sufficient nutrition to the entire population indiscriminately. This leaves most citizens time to explore and develop technologies ...
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Self sustainable atmosphere on immaginary Earth surface coring

Let's imagine that for example Australia is torn from the surface of the Earth and enclosed on a giant dome. Is the green density enough to self sustain humans survived in that dome? Is vegetation in ...
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Living on a Windy Rainless Hemisphere

The dayside of this arid, tidally locked world has no rain, but instead has glacier-fed endorheic rivers. Winds are unending, and vary from ~15kph to ~50kph depending on distance from the glaciers. ...
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What body modifications or body adaptations would be needed to be able to make human can sit longer or indefinitelly without affecting their health?

my question is in the title, i want to know what kind of body modifications or body adaptations needed or look like for human to be able to sit in prolonged time without affecting their health. Since ...
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How would an immortal go about conquering the world? [closed]

Bob Jennings is immortal. His abilities are such: He is completely immune to bodily harm, i.e. bullets bounce off of him, he can't get killed by anything. He does not have to breathe or eat. He is ...
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Why does my character have such a good sense of direction?

After asking this question (Why would a compass not work in my world?), I've been spending too much time thinking about navigation and direction - specifically, what innate sense of direction might my ...
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Possibility of forced thinking [closed]

Would it be possible to electrically trigger the brain to do certain things? For example, if you shock a muscle in just the right place, it contracts. Could a similar practice be done on a brain to ...
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What kind of environment would cause humans to adapt to crawling?

In my setting humanity is setting out to colonize space with very advance terraforming technology. A group of colonizers has terraformed a planet to be habitable for humans. But an accident happens ...
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How Would a Human Male Survive Interspecies Pregnancy and Birth?

I just got back from doing a quick skim on Wikipedia regarding "Male pregnancy", and it turns out that human male pregnancy is not unheard of, but there are many catches. Ecotopic ...
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How to Give An Ordinary Man Vampire Strength

One of the most overlooked traits of vampire biology is superhuman strength. In fact, Dracula himself was described as having the strength of twenty men. Now, this description posed a physical ...
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What issues would arise with full body prosthetics?

PREMISE I'm working on a story where cryogenic technology was made viable in the early 21st century (2026 or thereabouts) and became widespread due to an ageing elite seeking to put off their death, ...
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Would it be possible to enhance the brain via a prosthetic?

So, I was creating an extremely small race of (genetically and technologically modified) beings for a world I'm building, but the issue was that their bodies were too small to house an acceptable ...
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How can flesh be the only reliable parchment to contain magical ink?

The ancient empire of Insamouth was a world power in the ancient world that worshipped eldritch gods and practiced magic. It was able to conquer many nation's and subject their people to slavery. ...
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What type of shelters would need / create this arboreal civilization, if any?

Currently building the civilisations of my world, I found myself stuck on a particular aspect of the arboreal civilization, and would be very grateful for any tip (Tall trees : selective pressure). To ...
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Can Global Disasters caused by Bearers (People with Terrible Luck) be Properly Contained?

The Bearer: Background On Alternate Earth, studies and cases have shown that a small percentage of the population (10%) is responsible for 90% of the bad luck. These people are targeted by bad luck, ...
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How would a sole superhero on Earth seek therapy?

Imagine you've suddenly awakened to immense powers. But this isn't the Marvel universe, so you're the only human with these abilities. For the purpose of the question let's say these abilities are ...
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Telling exact-ish time by hair growth

Background: Agent Jones is pretty close to being peak human: in physical contests he wouldn't win against an Olympic medalist in their discipline but he's easily above the 95 percentile when it comes ...
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People dying and respawning, would it increase their pain tolerance?

Another element of my meta-setting was the Foundation. What they exactly do changes from story to story, but they're usually a peacekeeping force, low in numbers but insanely powerful. One reason for ...
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Could a biological caste system be effective to control a populace?

I'm creating a story with a biological caste system based on different species of ants. There are soldiers, farmers, and builders, each with biologically different bodies in order to keep factions ...
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What are the physical effects of a person living their entire life underground, and how would it affect them if they ever came up?

In my world, a group of high-ranking politicians and military officials (along with their families and a few skilled engineers) realized that WW3 was imminent, and decided to bunker-down, big time: ...
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Population Size of a Colony With a Large Gender Disparity

This is my first post on this site, so please bear with me. I am working on a series of stories about an interstellar colony with a large gender disparity. Namely the initial population was made up of ...
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How to calculate a village's population size

I have the two largest towns of this smallish Kingdom's populations, but the first place the protags of my story are going to encounter is going to be village or hamlet sized. Most of the resources I ...
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In an alternate universe in which humans can live, how to encourage emphasis upon the life sciences

Let us presuppose a universe adjacent to our own, that has collided non-catastrophically with our own on a number of occasions, causing an exchange of matter including humans in the most recent ...
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International Boundaries and the Age of Majority [closed]

My world has at four major powers active on it: The Loong Empire, a nation-state of eastern style dragons New Draconia, a nation-state of mainly western style dragons Mount Celestia, the home of the ...
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Depth and Temperature of Polar Underground Cities/Tunnels

Assume an underground city existed below the surface of Antarctica. The ice sheet is ~2 miles thick on average. At what range/depth would the earth's thermal heat allow livable temperature for humans, ...
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Societal implications of having direct access to heaven, even while alive

My story is a mix utilizing the universe of the tabletop game BattleTech, the magic and cosmology of the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons dragon pantheon of deities, and the world of Minecraft. In ...
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Magic and medicine: The perils of treating dragons

In my story's world, dragons have been living alongside humans for some time now. Of course, there are hospitals and other medical facilities variable to them. Now, as some of the staff of said ...
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Adapting humans to be more likely to survive gunshot wounds?

So, I was thinking. Modern combat relies a lot on intel and speed, but also luck. Now there is a problem. You see, in most video games, even hardcore ones, like Lobotomy Corporation, there are certain ...
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To what degree can a human's perception of pain (or suffering) be increased?

Suppose we have some form of malevolent superintelligent AI (or whole brain upload, or alien, etc.) Assume that this entity intends to do everything in its power to optimise for the pain and/or ...
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How devastating is a weapon that can internally and rapidly cool down a section of a human body?

Let's say in a magical world, there exists a basic cooling spell which slightly cools down an area by reducing the heat energy of everything inside it. In said world there also exists a particularly ...
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