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Hiding the plan of a group from an intelligence that reads their minds

A lot of background first: Humans have been collected by various star-spanning empires. They have been somewhat modified and are now used as cheap cannonfodder and basically sensors. While far ...
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Can this mind control parasite work? [closed]

I want to create a hard science parasite, this parasite consists of a symbiosis of a slime mold and neurons, it enters the host and branches by attaching to the organism. Could my organism control a ...
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AI Tech Filtering Experiences That May Cause Trauma [closed]

Would it be possible for AI technology to monitor brain activity and filter experiences that may cause trauma in the future? Somehow blocking the memory so it doesn't have any effect on your mental ...
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How to find a way to resist full mind control [closed]

In my story, there's an overturned villain. He used to be a pizza delivery guy, but one day delivering one of his pizzas, he enters an empty nuclear zone. It appears that a super intelligent organism ...
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Brain-Controlling Bacteria

As a Star Trek fan, I’ve been fascinated about the concept of the Borg and how they have used nanotechnology to assimilate every valuable species. They not only incorporate their technology into their ...
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Ways of deploying mind reading technology [closed]

Previous version of this question which is closed because of being too broad. In a dystopian world setting, mind-reading technology is possible (say, with nano-robots or super-chips), but it is ...
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How would the ability to make binding oaths of truth affect people's view on politics

In a world where people and nations could force their leaders to 'tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth', how would this affect both politics itself, and how it would be viewed by ...
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Building a better brainwash-sweeping system

I have a story involving a town in the late 90s where vampires, among other mythical humanoids, openly live amongst humans. These vampires are the friendly, pro-human sort, and thus they have a lot of ...
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Non Invasive Matrix style BCI to directly read and stimulate brain?

Is it possible to have non invasive BCI that could be attached and detached to the head and not require surgery, while working like the "plugs" in the Matrix? If possible what would these ...
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Why is mind control tech a common consumer product in 2050? [closed]

Several time travellers from the 2050s arrive in a single-use time machine and disappear into society. They have 30s years of future knowledge, the clothes on their backs, and a backpack of future ...
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Strategy for a class of manipulating magical teenagers to stay in power

Setting Take this isolated island country, about the size of Ireland. The technology and society can be compared to 17th century Western Europe. The country is densely populated, and the people have ...
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How to protect a organization from mindcontroling vampire

How would an organization protect sensitive information from mind-controlled spies? An organization (call it the Illuminati if you want) is hunting down a vampire. The vampire is capable of ...
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What kind of organs, anatomy or modifications are needed for my alpha creature to mind control its kin?

I want to make a biological group of creatures where there is an absolute alpha creature that their lower kin cannot ever harm due to a mental prohibition. This would be equivalent to Asimov's first ...
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Should it be Illegal to alter Someones Memories? [closed]

This is the next part of my Direct Neural Link tech series (Original question here The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology) the previous question was about how to prevent someone from hijacking ...
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How to Keep a Murderer from Hacking Your Cybernetic Implants

Because my original question regarding the legality of DNL tech (Link here The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology) was a tad bit too broad, I decided to try again, this time I will break it ...
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The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology [closed]

One of the most prominent features of the future is the technology to link the world with the human mind. The applications of what I like to call Direct Neural Link technologies are as varied as they ...
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How could someone recognize another person as being magically mind controlled?

Background I'm writing a story set in a version of the modern world, but with a hidden magic user society. Mages all come from one of seven "Houses", each with particular expertise in one ...
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Magically binding contract or oath: text example template

I find myself in need of the rules and text body of an oath for a magic and/or devil contract. Here are my thoughts: Does magic rely on the collective subconscious, or personal minds involved to ...
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How can a sorcerer avoid developing a mental disorder?

It is an undisputed fact among scientists that individuals, groups, and peoples are subject to the same Darwinian laws of natural selection as plants and animals. Social Darwinism has proven that the ...
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How to Subvert or Mind Control Human Worker Drones

Evil cyborgs, formerly humans, called the Overseers have set about building gargantuan megafactory arcologies that sprawl across the landscape. In order to keep the massive tangles of pipes and ...
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What is the use of a Telepath when a machine can record our thoughts?

I am writing a detective story where one of the detectives can read people's minds; however, as this cannot be used in court they need a machine that can a) record and visualize an individual's ...
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What can a parasite offer its human hosts in a mutualistic relationship?

Working on a story right now where parasite-controlled humans essentially become the apex predators in the world, and harvest uninfected humans to further spread the organism. These kinds of mind-...
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Is there a scientific explanation for mental manipulation? [closed]

I have a character who can suggest things to people, and what she says, they believe to be true. Is there a way to scientifically explain this, even vaguely? I was wondering if perhaps a form of ...
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Mind control loophole closing [closed]

I was making a sorta-superhero-genre book with a character that can control minds. Problem is, it gives a lot of loopholes when used in combat and stuff. The problem is, I don't want to put an ...
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Regulating my replica soldiers with a controlled form of ASPD (I'm not sure if psychopathy belongs to it)?

When you have around 500 soldiers with state-of-the-art equipment and superhuman reflexes, you might also want to invest in a reliable way of controlling them without hampering their ability to think ...
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Realistic Demonic Possession

Let's say that one day scientists discover proof of demonic possession when scanning the minds of patients with unexplained mental illness. My goal is to write a realistic scenario using current-day ...
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Advanced psionic system and psionic grenades

So I'm creating a world in which an advanced psionic system exists. On a distant planet there was an AI rebellion resulting in the death of 95% of the planet's population and the remaining survivors ...
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Realistic (sci-fi) ideas on how biological mind control could be possible through a virus infecting a person?

I've been trying to reimagine vampires using sci-fi science to explain the more traditional vampiric abilities. So far I'm quite liking a rabies-like virus to explain biting and regenerative rest. I ...
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How to “freeze” the world for a day to faciliate the dispersal of presents by Santa Claus? [closed]

In my world, Santa Claus is the head of a large, super-secret organization that utilizes advanced technology and paramilitarily organized elves to distribute presents to billions of households on an ...
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Which would a good way to defend from mind controlling aliens? [closed]

Earth is being invaded by an alien species which is pretty similar to humans, being basically the only difference that instead of using for war destruction by weapons, they have developed technology ...
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How to Keep a Local Radio Station Broadcasting in an Apocalypse

I need to keep a radio station running after an Apocalypse. There is no power grid of course. Details of apocalypse are not entirely set in stone. The only rules to this question are those ...
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Can a brain handle a nanobot army? [closed]

I think I've done my research about multi tasking on humans, but this is a whole new level I have a conqueror, where he creates nanobot creatures instantaneously (handwaving the transformation ...
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Human Hive Mind Alterations

Context I got this man who can control millions of insects at a time to fight. He accomplishes this thanks to the microbots(smaller than bacteria) in his nervous system that react to his mind and send ...
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How to prevent Wikipedia's desire for donations in Bitcoins from enslaving the world

In honor of the 2 year 4 month aniversary of Tim B's infamous How would Facebook Sysadmins prevent the summoning of Cthulhu?... ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 17, 2019 The ...
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Insect Mind Control

So I am making another insect themed character (I can’t help it insects are just so amazing to me❤️) and I want this one to be able to control insects from a distance. I have some ideas (Pheromones ...
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Could there be a way to explain a sound wave (produced by a device) that can control people's actions?

This isn't the same question as the one about a Sound Gun, although it could be viewed as a weapon, for sure (because controlling someone could be a form of weaponization depending on the action). ...
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Imitating the double body aspect of quantum entanglement with other tech…

I’m working on a scenario where one person can be at two places at the same time, kind of like a mirror version of themselves where the original person controls both bodies even though the two bodies ...
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Can someone's mind theoretically affect reality?

Human brains works by conducting electrical signals and since the brain and the reality to be affected lie in the same electromagnetic field, can a sufficiently amplified brain signal affect the ...
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Best place to find comatose and/or brain dead patients [closed]

Basic premise: Main character's (MC) body gets destroyed, "soul" transfers into the first responder (Ally) trying to save him. MC gains mind powers. What is the best place to find a body, to transfer ...
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What would be the possible source of a drug that creates a shared mass hallucination ending up in creating a new god? [closed]

I've been thinking about structuring a cult that brews or harvests a liquid drug. That drug is then sealed in jugs and shipped to cities. The drug gives a sense of complete relaxation but also leads ...
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How will US government and other institutions react if all public leaders are compromised? [closed]

Suppose an anonymous organisation has the ability to take control of the minds of any people they chose, as long as they are able to identify who it is they want to control. The method they use to do ...
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Mind controlling device - how to go on making one?

One of the tropes I see very frequently on TV is having a supervillain build a huge mind controlling device that suddenly takes over an entire town, or eventually even the whole world. So, it got me ...
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Indoctrinating female agents

I'm trying to make a story about illegal government program of luring expendable girls and indoctrinating them into becoming deep cover agents. The program uses the same process as the pimps and ...
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Can a brainwashed American president end the human race?

Suppose a group of intelligent but insane people has developed mind control technology. They have managed to plant a chip inside the US president's head. They can wirelessly send signals to his mind ...
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Memory manipulation as a weapon: how could it be deployed most effectively?

A man with high political ambitions tries to rise to the top by using his special ability: memory manipulation. How can he successfully use this ability to rise to the top of his kingdom/Empire? ...
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Killing a mind controller [closed]

Bill has a special power: he can create any kind of sensory hallucination on anyone that gets near him (about 1 km range). The hallucination can be as complex as he wants it to be, and it doesn't ...
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Inducing Ignorance in the Brain

Context: Brains in Vats and Virtual Reality on Steroids In the (reasonably near) future, humans have developed the field of medicine significantly, and we now have the technology to isolate the ...
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Can charmspeak be scientifically explained?

Charmspeak is defined as mind control through the medium of speech - that is, the user tells the target what to do, and the target has no choice but to obey. Is there a way to explain such a ...
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How can we catch a mind controller

Some Background The government is very good at catching people. Even the few who can keep away from them are forced into a life of running. But there is a new threat that the worlds governments face ...
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"Memetic" camouflage

This question led me to a very interesting idea. Is it possible to create a camouflage or pattern that when applied to military uniforms would distract the viewer, make him feel uncomfortable or ...
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