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Future City-Sized Graduate Sorting Process [closed]

My story is set in the future where more pressure is set on learning, and schools grow to the size of cities (and for all intents and purposes they are). Each mega campus has everything a city would ...
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How long could a brain theoretically survive if properly cared for?

I saw a similar post here, however, the discussion became too based on immortality in general and how memory would be affected over millions of years. Let's say a figure like Bill Gates who is getting ...
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Can a clone be of the same age as the original [closed]

If I clone a 50 year old what are the ways I can get a 50 year old clone ?
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What parts of the human brain can a truth serum modify to prevent lying?

As I mentioned in a previous question, I am writing an alternate history story with many different countries by the time 2023 rolls around. Vitruvia is one such country that runs many experiments and ...
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Are Liquid Brains Possible or Viable?

I'm designing an alien species roughly based on starfish. Starfish in the real world don't have brains or blood, they just let seawater run their nervous and circulatory systems, but I figure a ...
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Feasibility of a convergent neural code across species?

I've got a sort of "mind-reading" system involving interpretation of electric fields/impulses in the brain, basically an advanced BCI (brain-computer interface), but the key point of this ...
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What would the consequences of abusing my fictional drug be? [closed]

In this world there exists a potent psychogenic drug named Soma(lifted from Brave New World because I like the name and vibe). The effects of the drug are thus. In small doses the drug ‘softens’ the ...
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Would a genetically-inserted “memory” be present in all neurons? Or just specific neurons?

So a hypothetical concept I’ve been playing with lately involves the “RNA memory transfer/storage” hypothesis, recently notably demonstrated in slugs a few years back which made a few headlines. The ...
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This drug can rewire the brain and “insta-teach”. How fast can I make it work?

I’ve got a nice new technique that, to put it simply, uses a sort of drug to target neurons, pump out more receptors and/or transmitters, and alter connectivity among brain cells, allowing the brain’s ...
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How could a brain survival system work?

Suppose that the technology to re-grow bodies exists but either for technical or ethical reasons creating a digital copy of the brain that can be uploaded is not possible. How could you create an ...
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How could real-time sentence translation work if using a "common middle ground" language?

Previously I'd developed a concept for a translation process that uses a common language, but is perceived (using technology or some other sort of device/substance that can alter mental processing) to ...
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Could a substance (drug, chemical, etc.) instantly teach a language?

A more specific off-shoot from something I previously asked, about instant interspecies translation. If I wanted some sort of substance to be able to affect or "rewire" the user's brain to ...
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How would a "universal language field" work? [duplicate]

Looking to work with the topic of interspecies translation, covering a very wide variety of alien types and biologies, with a "universal translator"—but rather than a universal translation ...
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Why is Hyperspace more hostile to computers than human brains?

For stylistic reasons, I wanted to impose some limits on the use of computers and automation to justify my setting's retro-aesthetic and elements for my science fantasy story. Basically humanity has ...
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How to scan the entire cerebral cortex of a human and upload memories as digital media

In this sci-fi world Im building, Humanity has developed a process to download a person's personality and memories by converting electrical signals produced by Neural firings into binary code and ...
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Could a human brain be non-lethally manipulated by an array of overlapping masers (microwave lasers)?

Suppose a person's head is stabilized in the middle of a dome. The inside of the dome is lined with very fine, weak and accurate masers. Suppose then that these masers are set such that they may ...
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Theoretically, how long could a brain "last" if the body it was in was biologically immortal?

I was watching a video on Black Holes and the speaker said that it would take a septenvigintillion years to completely evaporate. That's a 1 with 84 zeroes after it. Life extension technology will ...
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What chemical agent can cause both nervous and reproductive effects?

In a realistic dystopia, warring religious sects turn on each other using chemical warfare, resulting in mass destruction. Because of the nature of their beliefs, these sects avoid technology; thus, a ...
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Is my proposed neural implant feasible?

In my story a computer-brain interface called T-ANGI is as widespread as smartphones are today. They allow users to "outsource" computation intensive tasks and memory retrieval to data ...
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Demonic possession - incubating in different lobes of the brain yielding different trauma? [closed]

When demons possess a person, my world has a stylized framework for how they will manipulate and terrorize the victim. This is determined by which lobe of the brain the demons incubate in: From which ...
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A person has composite memories from countless pasts - how would you detect this with modern medical equipment?

So in this scenario our character is just a regular man in his 30's. Multiverses exist, and our character exists in countless other universes, each variant of himself having different life experiences....
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Regenerating brain could get rewired differently after getting damaged?

So, the protagonist of the story I'm developing is not a normal human, she was basically a guinea pig for illegal genetic experiments when this whole CRISPR thing was still a novelty(AKA "now&...
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Information necessary to simulate a brain virtually?

In the world i'm developing it's already possible to periodically scan your brain so you can keep a backup in case of you dying (people have rejuvenating treatments but they can still die of unnatural ...
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Hearing effects of shifted time perception.(Bullet-Time) [closed]

Edit: It has come to my attention that "Critical Flicker Frequency" only applies to vision, but the perception of time of animals is measured by this method and i didn't know how to phrase ...
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Eternity - psychological process behind forgetting one's name

Premise I am designing a kind of eternal corridor whereby healthy people are thrown into to spend ages there. Bodily functions/subsistence needs are nullified: they don't feel hungry or anything. ...
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