Questions tagged [psychology]

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Could humans survive if they always had the psychological effects of alcohol and if so, how different would they be?

By psychological effects of alcohol, I mean the effects from 0.060–0.099 Blood Alcohol Content % by volume (according to this Wikipedia article), but not the physical effects, like alcohol poisoning. ...
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Precognitivity and mental health

Imagine a person who has 'passive' precognitive abilities. During sleep, they dream of random future events-these can range from events that will happen in a few hours to events that will happen in a ...
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Discrimination in a world physically influenced by what their inhabitants believe

Let's take an imaginary world where, without its inhabitants realizing it, everything is physically influenced by what people thinks, by what they believe, by how they see the world. Of course the ...
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What is the scientific basis of successful brainwashing?

Imagine a society. Every member of the society is indoctrinated in different ways by their parents, the education system, media and friends. One can think of this society as a collection of idea ...
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Implanting aliens into human minds

In my story, some aliens try to conquer humans by slowly copying their mind into humans heads. This copy process is called “enlightenment” by the ones who undergo the transformation. For example, by ...
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How to go from a free person to a slave

This question is a little nebulous unfortunately and perhaps a bit disturbing. The evil-empire in my WIP captures Mages and breaks them down into loyal and obedient servants. The Mages aren't as ...
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How would really old people think or act?

A lot of fictional works contain people who are well over 100 years old, some 200, some 1000s of years old. The Emperor Of Mankind for example is over 10,000 years old. Colin from Highlander is over ...
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How does a person become aware of his brain's anomaly? [closed]

We know that our brain is sort of probabilistic, pattern-matching engine that interprets patterns all around itself, and building a large image of environment where the body resides. Considering that, ...
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What would turn subjects away from their savior? [closed]

Think Arthurian legend but with a twist. The entire story takes place on an island which is the last refuge of the human survivors (a limited number) after an apocalypse. The island also houses an ...
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Rationalizing Villainy in Demons

I'm trying to create demons that aren't just raging murderers, as much as they're enslaved to their disposition they're not completely conquered by it, with a sense of humanity and reason crawling ...
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Brutal, unsubtle brainwashing: how does it work?

The purpose of the machine was obvious from the elegant cruelty of its design: The seat restraints and the seat's solid, one-piece, gold-colored metal structure made it clear that whatever it did, ...
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How would the presence of dragons in an army influence the standards for manliness?

Imagine a medieval society in which dragons are domesticated for military use. When they are young and still able to fly, they're ridden into combat. Very few make it to an old age, but those who do ...
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Personality Quirks of a Database

I'm currently working on a world where there are people that live in data bases (basically a computer with no internet connection). They link to a human for life and and can record everything the ...
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Ten percent of the brain myth - What would happen? [closed]

The science disproved, that the Ten percent of the brain myth is true. What do you think would happen, if it would really be true and you could expand the capacity of brain usage to 100%? At the ...
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Would 100-200 years be sufficient to “erase” past atrocities?

In the particular world that I am working on, I am attempting to build a "utopian" society. A major piece of this society is that, effectively, all historical atrocities have been "forgotten" by the ...
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How to cure a phobia with magic

In this question, I posited the existence of a form of magic that can be used by a practitioner to connect with a subject's mind at touch range, and effectively give an experienced, powerful ...
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What could make an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) evolve towards collectivism or individualism? Which would be more likely and why?

Assuming a robot with similar intelligence to us humans came to existence. He could pass the Turing Test, the Coffee Test, the The Robot College Student Test and the Employment Test (taken from here). ...
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Keeping Secrets in a Thought Reverberating Hall

My protagonist, let's call her Alice, must acquire a priceless artifact, located deep inside an ancient temple. If this were a ruin, the exercise would be academic, but the Temple was protected by ...
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Intelligent Cats With A Serious Attitude Problem

Ligers tend to grow to near 1200 lbs (550 kg). As if that weren't bad enough, that mad tree-hugger xenobiologist, Deirdre Skye, grafted just enough human-derived genetic material to make them a heck ...
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Implications of 'Respawning'

Let's say you're a soldier in a science-fiction war. Everything is relatively similar to how wars are fought today, except that when you die, your likeness and memories are imprinted onto a flash-...
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A world without human relationships

I'm at the early stages of the development of a novel set in a world that lacks human relationships. The main plot will involve characters slowly learning back to care for one another. It's not a ...
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A species without pain

In my current setting, one of the main dominant species' is the Golem, former automatons made of assorted materials who gained sentience through some kind of life-giving explosion. As such, though ...
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How many people would I have to convince to rebuild their home under ground before it becomes standard practice? [closed]

Background: My goal is to rebuild my own home under ground to save energy and reduce risk from environmental hazards. I plan to make my home carbon neutral. It will be self sustaining and designed ...
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What would be an execution method in a culture glorifying strength, power and fire?

I'm currently inventing a culture based on strength and power. They believe there's a fire in everybody that gives them life and power. They glorify warriors and strength. The culture lives in an ...
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Making the First contact

Visiting the Worldbuilding site plays with my creativity and imagination. So I am going to describe the dream I had: I am member of a different (alien) culture, from a different star system. Also, I ...
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Communication with a big insect

Plausibility check of the whole "insect race". As background, I want some poor astronauts to "crash" (safely land, but because they had no other option, possibly some engine malfunction) and meet with ...
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How can magic be used to drive someone insane - later

In my world, I have a form of magic that can be used by a practitioner to connect with a subject's mind at touch range, and effectively give an experienced, powerful practitioner total control over ...
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Help/Advice With Making My Designated “Good” Faction Read As More Obviously Good, And Making My Designated “Evil” Faction Read As More Obviously Evil?

As always, important parts are in bold, other details are non-bold, for those who like or dislike longer/shorter. So, a couple of just intro disclaimers and whatnot: this is sort of a “black and gray ...
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Could a government control its people using frequencies?

Setting: Earth, in the future, near 2060 or 2100 Technology: a bit more advanced than ours Armies and police forces are already using systems for crowd control. Some devices can generate discomfort ...
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Social implications of intelligent species that practices external fertilization

Some species that reproduce sexually, don't actually have sex as such. Instead the female might lay soft scaled eggs, which the male then fertilizes extrenally. I want to know what a society of an ...
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How would society be different in a sentient species that does not care for its young?

A lot of species on earth do not care for their offspring; they spawn thousands of eggs, that hatch into larvae, and then grow up towards full size. If a hypothetical species was sentient in the ...
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Creating convincingly alien viewpoints

Most aliens tend to be humans with bumpy foreheads and/or pointy ears. Even when they do have differences then usually it is an entire species being portrayed as a particular brand of human. For ...
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Does living without access to sunlight for extended periods have known physical or psychological effects on humans?

Humans (even programmers :-) ) are used to having some access to natural light, but in a colony in space, on the dark side of a tidally-locked planet, or underground (for example) this won't happen. ...
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Difference between single-coin vs multi-coin currencies

In the real world — I am from Europe — I often hear and participate in discussions about how printing a paper 2 Euro note would have an impact on micro-economy, i.e. how it would make ...
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What are some possible reasons for people not taking long journeys to “other lands”?

If you've read Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, you might get the reference. In that story, the protagonists, after fulfilling their duty, decide to journey over a large mountain chain to explore the ...