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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 tell ...
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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 ...
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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 ...