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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 ...
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Could a predatory semi-sentient species survive, in the long run, without the emotion of fear?

I was thinking of an idea for an alien species in a hard sci-fi universe, and I wondered if a species, with the same amount of emotions as bottlenose dolphins (Except for fear), survive as a species. ...
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Seven Deadly Sins As Virtues? [closed]

A series I found when trawling TV Tropes had as a theme that the Seven Deadly Sins (Pride, Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, and Wrath for the unfamiliar) could be virtues if controlled properly. ...
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What would convince people to solve disputes with a deadly card game?

Let's consider that the card game needs to be played, and equipment that may even kill you if you lose (via blades, electric shocks or the like, it could also even kill people by summoning ...
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What would be the psychological differences between a human and an intelligent detrivore?

I am still working on my intelligent detrivore alien species and so far I have gotten some great help from you guys. But after searching online a lot about detrivore psychology I still cannot find ...
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What would the psychological effects be on a child who grew up knowing they could never really get hurt?

(This question goes more in depth from a previous question.) Imagine This: The "Black Box" is a mind vault for a few humans who created it, the humans wanting to survive a nuclear war happening on ...
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How would Ophiocordyceps unilateralis need to be modified to make a realistic “The Last of Us” apocalypse scenario?

In the story I am writing, the United States never pulled out of Vietnam, with the conflict continuing into the present day. During this time, the United States decided to use Vietnam to secretly ...
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Multiple insect psychology [closed]

So I am making up a human that has been hybridized with some insect species and I was wondering what the psychological consequences of these separate minds being put together would be (of course the ...
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What would cause a 'talking head' to die? [closed]

This is a short story, situated in the near (third or fourth millennium) future. An absolutely brilliant mathematician is working on a unified system of mathematics. One that ties all of the fields ...
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Effect of Stalemate on Soldiers' Morale

I'm dabbling with a short story involving two large but sparsely populated nations locked in a bitter war. Due to limitations of resources, technology, and terrain, neither side can conquer and hold ...
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What could cause an intrinsic fear of virtual world technology in a futuristic society? [closed]

Imagine a technologically advanced human society (about a few centuries ahead of our time) which has scientifically moved forward in many fields . There is one specific technology however, whose ...
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The Transferable Skills of Sociopathy

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How would prolonged use of augmented-reality combat gear affect soldiers?

Consider a future soldier with access to the technological augmentation indicated below, and for whom it is reasonable to believe he would spend (while deployed) at least 18 hours a day attached to ...
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What would drive people to kill in the deep? [closed]

Dateline: 2067 Setting: A research base at the bottom of the Marianas Trench Depth: 10,000 meters. Mission Duration: Thirty days Note: This is a follow-up to my previous question: What would drive ...
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What would drive people to risk death in the deep?

Dateline: 2067 Setting: A research base at the bottom of the Marianas Trench Depth: 10,000 meters. Mission Duration: Thirty days A research base lies at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, housing ...
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How soon does somebody become “desensitized” to seeing dead bodies? [closed]

My main character is going to be readily exposed to death in my story, and I'm not sure when it is she will stop feeling so affected by each body. She's gone through a decent amount of trauma and ...
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How would people deny obviously supernatural things in a modern setting? [closed]

So I'm designing a world where monsters from a well-known (in-universe) video game leak into a modern world. The monsters and the local law-enforcement will trade blows, bodies will drop on both sides....
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Would an alien species with an average of 130-150 IQ be annoyed by humans with average intelligence? [closed]

I would like for a species to be more intelligent than humans, i.e. be able to solve logic puzzles quicker, make mental math calculations easier, and remember more information. But I do not want them ...
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Split-brain epilepsy patients as a model for distributed intelligence? [duplicate]

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how a creature with distributed intelligence, like an octopus, might think and feel as part of research for a sci-fi story, but have been having some ...
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If tree sap looked like blood, would we be less inclined to cutting trees down? [closed]

Compassion We often feel more concern about the pain inflicted to animal that have expression that are more intuitive to us. We are more compassionate with a chimpanzee than a trout, in part because ...
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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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What other skills/affectations would be found in someone with heightened Proprioception?

I want a character who has a highly developed ability of empathy. She knows what others are feeling, and often thinking. This story does not have any supernatural or non-hard SF elements, so it ...
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Convincing but Fake “Magic” [closed]

A primitive culture living on the world of Ori-Alona has developed a system of magic based around dreams and the harnessing of elemental spirits. While there is no real basis for this magic and it's ...
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Mostly Introverted/Avoidant Psyche

I have a species with mostly avoidant and introverted personalities. They prefer to stay in small, nomadic groups and flee when the surrounding population becomes too large. The criterion for "too ...
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Can you kill an idea? [closed]

In a world where a "god" constitutes nothing more nor less than a critical mass of belief in a particular concept or ideal with a name plastered onto it. The gods are magical in nature being created ...
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High-Functioning Autists as Space Colonists

In commentaries to my other question @JustinThyme suggested that high-functioning autists could be the best space colonists: A great deal of very successful scientists ARE autistic. Einstein, for ...
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When is good enough good enough, the advancement of science and technology [closed]

This is going to deliberately be a bit vague as there are a lot of particular situations to which this general question applies and this isn't really about any given technology but the human approach ...
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Memories stored in hair: social and cultural consequences [closed]

Imagine a world where we stored our memories in the hair on our heads rather than in our brains. What social and cultural consequences could arise from this? Some details about the memory storage: (...
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Human response to an existential threat that isn't

This is possibly not quite the right place to ask this question but it's fundamental to the world I'm working on so here it is; if faced with a potent existential threat, in the form of an outside ...
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How to prove amnesia

So basically, a guy (criminal, fraud, con artist and generally very untrustworhy person) is involved in an accident and suffers total memory loss. He remembers absolutely nothing about his previous ...
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Treatment of mental illness in a dystopian society

I am writing a sci-fi novel, set in a 1984-style dystopia, so a society which is obsessed with order and surveillance where non-predictable behaviour is punished. My protagonist is a person with a ...
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How to prevent AI being hostile to people? [closed]

It is a quite strange that in most movies (Matrix, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Transcendence) and books (Poul Anderson's Genesis, Dan Simmons' Hyperion) AI change to be more or less hostile to ...
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Split-brain double identity

My character have a split brain (severed connection between left and rigt hemispheres). What is unique about his case is that not both hemispheres have the same identity any more. From what I ...
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To what extent is maturation of the adolescent brain a matter of time versus experience?

I'm aware the brain--especially the portion concerning planning and judgement--isn't matured until around the mid-20s and that the brain's structure is sensitive to environment. That said, let's ...
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Is easier-speaking/thinking-with-yourself-ability an advantage in life? [closed]

old title: Does a second you in your brain gives you an advantage? Let's say you've talked enough to yourself to develop in your mind a "second you" (Not a second personality, it's more like if your ...
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What would make the gatekeepers of life and death of humans wipe out the species? [closed]

Keep in mind, these 'gatekeepers' are usually morally strong. They kill those who need to go, whether to end suffering or in justice of a major wrong doing. They walk among the streets as humans, ...
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Need a name and statistics for a mental illness [closed]

Back when I was a kid, despite horror movies, the most terrifying moment that's stuck with me from fiction wasn't from a horror movie, but from "A Wrinkle in Time." It was a scene to where many ...
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Possible Long Term Effects of Frequent Teleportation

This is a follow-up to my previous question, based on one of the comments that was made. While the answers to the original make it quite reasonable that there will be no permanent effects manifested ...
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Ensuring an endless war, and an endless stalemate

My 7 year old son and I have pitted the Elves against the Dwarfs - The Elves control the sky - they have airships, gliders in their cloths that enable gliding from airship to airship, and bridges ...
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What practices can a future human society employ to ensure that the number of “men of virtue” can increase over time? [closed]

The question is inspired by a couple of quotes by Confucius: The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-...
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Psychological and sociological effects of long-term solitude in space

Congratulations, you've finally earned your space pilot's license! The only problem is, you can't afford a large enough ship to house more than one person (considering food, breathable air, refuse ...
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How do I use late Victorian mad-science to tame lost world megafauna?

The Scenario: My late Victorian Era mad scientist wants to domesticate the dinosaurs and mammalian megafauna of his "Lost World" island getaway, for use as companions, guardians, draft animals, and ...
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How Effective Could we Expect a Subliminal Programming Facility to Brainwash People be in the Near-future?

The current technology around this subject is somewhat hard to gauge. For obvious ethical reasons, there is not a lot of empirical precedents. Also, given that it's subliminal, it is by nature ...
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Abstract Graphics for indicating emotions

What kinds of abstract colors, shapes, and other compositional elements could be used to indicate various emotions? My story features an artificial intelligence that’s embodied in an industrial ...
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Which would be the most likely outcome of a whole city where everyone living on it was a billionaire (with some extra conditions)? [closed]

I'd like to know which would be the most likely outcome of a city of 100,000 people where we can consider any consuming good or service can be achieved if everyone were given 1 billion dollars from ...
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Military or Assassin training from early childhood [closed]

I don't know if I'm right asking here or if not then point me were to ask please. So, like in the title, how effective it would be if from early childhood a human child receives military or assassin ...
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What would be the consequences of a proto-human species that could generalize but not abstract well?

I define "generalization" as the ability to put things together into groups based on common characteristics. I define "abstraction" to be the ability to articulate what those characteristics actually ...
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How to turn/ lead the purest and most strong willed people to the dark side or evil path? [closed]

How can I turn the purest and most strong willed good people to the dark side or evil path? For example the main characters Natsu and Naruto from the animes Fairy Tail and Naruto, they are one of the ...
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What inventions/technologies would have to be created to achieve apotheosis? [closed]

Apotheosis is the highest point of development in technology or a society. What key milestones need to be reached in order to achieve this in the fields of: Chemistry Physics Biology Engineering ...
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What can god(s) be afraid of? [closed]

People are afraid of (probably) everything you can think (animals, open spaces, closed spaces, death, and so on). Of course that not everyone is afraid of everything, but generally it is. But is ...