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Do separate races (not species) automatically portray a racist world?

Food for thought from /r/worldbuilding: If the dominant race (typically human) of a given world, without any other context, has a huge cultural diversity, then is racism surely going to appear? If ...
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You need to disguise a manual as the diary of a madman. How?

Let's say you are creating secret instructions for a new, very dangerous weapon. You have decided to encrypt the instructions. But you do not want anyone to guess that these notes are encrypted! So ...
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How much could a regular human know? [closed]

So I'm brainstorming a new magic system where each form of magic is specialized yet very versatile; however they require extremely in-depth knowledge on a particular multi-disciplinary branch of ...
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How can a single brain control multiple separate bodies simultaneously?

All work and all play makes Jack a distributed boy: Jack is at the hotel reception with his wife. Jack is also in the office, meeting with unspecified forces for inscrutable purposes. Jack is also in ...
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Would post-traumatic stress disorder exist identically in a pre-industrial warfare setting?

I'm not into psychology, but I've heard a lot about veterans who have committed suicide, went crazy, became addicted or have their lives ruined in other ways because of the shock they lived through ...
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Turns out spider man is real. How long until people accept it? [closed]

So Spider Man shows up a solves a petty crime. He starts doing this once a week. Although he avoids law enforcement (since he is technically a vigilante, which is illegal), he otherwise doesn't try to ...
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What if criminal behavior was “cured”?

Suppose technology becomes available that allows bad people to be "cured". Instead of going to prison for decades or being executed, for example, a murderer has his brain adjusted. Now cured, there is ...
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Detection and response to building a giant robot under the Antarctic ice-cap

In the question, Weapons for a civilisation-destroying giant robot, I asked about what weapons might be mounted on a giant snakebot over 1 km in diameter and over 9km long, equipped with six fusion ...
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How to make a scent seem 'bad'?

It's clear that we have certain ideas of what smells mean, in general... For example: Flowery means girls and/or happiness Coppery means blood. (Or pennies!) Stink means run away and/or admonish the ...
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What mental trait or combination of traits could make a race well suited to warfare?

For my space-fantasy setting I created that I will refer to as Dragon-Folk here. The Dragon-Folk look more like humans with reptilian features than humanoind dragons. The Dragon-Folk like the other ...
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What would two people reading each other's mind think? [closed]

Imagine that two people who have the ability to read anyone's mind confront each other. Each one of them knows that the other is able to read minds and so they try to read each other's mind. Let's ...
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How could I travel back in time and tell a lie to myself? And how could I tell if future me was lying? [closed]

Hypothetical scenario. At the end of last semester, I got okay grades in my courses. Not great, but passable. Let's say that today I somehow come across a time machine; I'm not able or willing to ...
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Would a state of constant warfare between two tribes be an effective way of training for battle?

I'm thinking about writing a short story in which the protagonist is a member of a tribe that continuously fights with another tribe. Neither tribe has ever come close to winning, because the two have ...
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The world is ending, how to convince/force chosen ones to come quietly?

The apocalypse has come - nuclear war+asteroid hitting+alien invasion+Skynet+vampires. Doesn't matter which, the world government/s knew this was coming (lets say, a year in advance) and they have a ...
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What would happen in a society where people would die when they have immoral thoughts or actions?

A genetic mutation is causing people to have a cerebrovascular accident as soon as they think or do something considered immoral by the society in which they live. For instance, in most countries, ...
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What if smoking suddenly became much more lethal?

A… well, dream… of mine: what if smoking suddenly, overnight, became immediately lethal? To be more specific, this is about “active” smoking; bystanders aren’t affected. To make things more ...
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Social effect of ability to predict the date but not the occasion

I have an idea about a person, who knows exact date and time of significant future events. But does not know what is going to happen. And the dates such person knows are significant for culture that ...
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How to fulfill a wish without causing a lot of troubles

A week ago, I was walking through an old district of Prague and found an old lamp. I tried to clean it by rubbing it... And you guessed that correctly: A genie appeared saying: "I will fulfill you one ...
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Psychological effect of rapid magical healing on soldiers during a battle?

Premise Imagine a world in which magical healing exists. A healer may heal wounds very quickly until his energy is exhausted (at peek performance they can heal someone severely wounded back full ...
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A technique to convince everyone?

Over the last few months I have created a fictional character who is very rough and dominant. One of his specialities is to stare down rivals, and hide his own feelings. I wanted to give him a ...
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“Peace through superior firepower” Why is it so effective and how to employ it in medieval fantasy times without the direct use of magic?

They say that the best weapon is the weapon you don't need to fire or you only need to fire once. Firepower has always worked as a deterrent... but why is it so effective and how can you employ it ...
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Psychology and sociology in my Earth Changing underwater community

I've built a device. It can change matter to energy and energy to matter with 100% efficiency. I've built myself a global presence, and populated the ranks of my employees with people such that I can ...
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What if the judical law was much more strict? [closed]

Imagine a world just like this one. In a highly developed country (like US): No one could (ever - from the beginning) own a gun (or a harder weapon). All penalties (including the death penalty) would ...
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Psychological effects of a “normal” human in a fantasy setting

I'm working on a deconstruction of a high fantasy setting. The plot starts with a female protagonist being forcibly summoned into said setting with few to none of her memories. The world is ...
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Living with a monitor, like Ender's Game?

In the novel Ender's Game, all little kids are protected and closely watched via a 'monitor', a device that sees and hears through them. This happens from around age 1 to about 5 or 6. So my question ...
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What kind of jewelry would be valuable in a world where anything can be produced?

A world I am working on has reached a sort of material production singularity. Recent innovations in space mining, artificial intelligence, teleportation, and 3D-printing have allowed for devices ...
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Can a robot experience an identity crisis (which is not by design)?

For those (readers) who have seen the blockbuster movie titled I, Robot (2004 film) there is a humanoid robot who prefers to be called Sonny: Clearly this implies that Sonny is different from the ...
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The Alien perspective - generating alien POV characters via twists on human psychology

TL;DR: suggest human traits of mind/society that one should (a) tweak (b) leave well alone, in order to generate an alien worldview that allows a novel length tale to be told purely from perspective ...
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How to defend against the “convince-me” ray gun?

A secret organization operating out of an undisclosed location for an undisclosed parent organizations have invented a "convince-me" ray gun (CMRG) that works by an unknown mechanism. After an idea ...
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Male and Female Characteristics in a Role-playing Game [closed]

I've been thinking of making a role-playing game, computer or otherwise. Normally this following issue is circumvented by making male and female characters differ only or mostly cosmetically. However,...
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How would a human livestock facility run by aliens operate?

The older man looked at the younger one. He took a deep breath and began to tell his tale, just like he was told before when he himself was that young. I've been here way longer than you, let me ...
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Creating super soldiers by removing emotion (singular)

Futurestan, the nation that deals with its problems by shooting them into space, has a serious problem. You see, their economy is largely dependent on industrial processes that, among other things, ...
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How to create a situation where the audience actually believes my main character may not be sane [closed]

I have a premise (in detail below) in which I would like to set up some doubt in my main character about his own sanity. I think the situation is such that it's easy to make my main character doubt ...
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Would immortals feel pain?

Came up with this question when I read this. Would Immortals feel pain? Pain is our bodies reaction to a stimulus, telling us that something is wrong and that we should stop doing what we are doing ...
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Would humans who go into heat want to return to concealed estrus? [closed]

In this question, I asked what would be the effect if human women suddenly started going into heat, having a period of sexual receptivity separated by a period of non-receptivity, and men would ...
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A Domineering Intelligent Species

In my story I want to have a sub-class of humans who are very domineering and greedy. They are obviously pro-slavery, and believe in survival of the strongest. I'm wondering how this mindset would ...
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How could a computer teach an 18 year-old to function in society

Imagine an advanced A.I. with access to the brain of an 18-year-old. However, this 18-year-old has had no exposure to humanity or the outside world until now, the only information he has received is ...
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How do you not lose your mind when thinking about Structural Politics?

Structural Politics is a research field (I just invented) that attempts to codify and study the wildly complex interactions between political systems, individual personalities, language, culture, ...
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Is it a foregone conclusion that religion will always be a product of developing a civilisation? [duplicate]

Humans seem prone to coming up with religions; it seems that every culture has at least one that arose in the depths of history, and persists to modern times in our own world despite no scientific ...
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Would it be possible to excavate a planet and mine it without indigenous citizens' knowledge?

There is a more strict version of Prime Directive on a subspace traveling Empire. This empire (without the morale codex of the star trek crew, maybe more like Avatar) would like to get the resources ...
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What if all wishes came true? [closed]

What would happen if suddenly every wish that was made by someone came true? Nothing else would change, but everyone would be aware that they could wish for anything and it would come true. Language ...
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How would culture changed if we found a cure for loneliness? [closed]

After intensive research, we've found the genes responsible for loneliness and we created a cure. (BTW, there are scientific hints that it is possible[1][2]). This treatment basically removes all ...
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Hypnosis as a weapon in the war against terror. How could it be delivered?

As we all know, terrorism, by its very nature is difficult to combat. A certain famous stage hypnotist uses the following trick when performing. He puts the whole audience in a trance at the start of ...
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How would humans be affected by a 12-hour day?

In Can I significantly shorten the days on a planet that can support human life? I asked about changes needed to a planet to support human life with a much-shorter day (12 hours or so instead of 24ish)...
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How will people approach person beamed from a past?

Question inspired by movies Minority Report and Her The year is 2050, USA: The future is "realistically optimistic": We, the humans, have steady progress in computers and AI: We use wearable AI, ...
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Overpopulation . . . IN SPACE!

The government of Futurestan has finally decided to hear the voice of her people. It would seem that the protriotors access to malware, EMP-otovs, and weaponized angry glaring (and thermite. Lots of ...
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How would humans and society react to a superhero existing and saving the earth?

This is going to be a test run of hard-science, social science edition. This is in accordance with http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/2348/8914. Okay, so a meteor is about to hit the earth,...
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Why would a species of intelligent parthenogenetics invent males?

In this hypothetical world, evolution occurs as it should. (Not to run afoul of any genetic diversity requirements of evolution; some simple viruses have aided in the genetic shifting process). But ...
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No Limits Humans - Psychological Side

In the question posed here: No Limits Humans, I asked if having the ability to instantly replace tissue in the body (and being aware on all levels that you can do so, kinda like a Matrix "believe") ...
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Climate Controlled Monsters

The lycanthropes lounged around in the sun, enjoying the limited amount of sunshine. "If only we could move to Florida, we could enjoy this weather all year round," one began."Need I remind you why ...