Questions tagged [social-norms]

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Opinions that could be totally mundane to us, but a future society might spend great resources to get rid of? [closed]

I'm looking for an opinion that to us would be as low impact as preferring cake to pie, but in the future would be consequential enough to be considered "wrong think" to a dystopian government. ...
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A realistic human civilization where there are no religions at all at any time? [closed]

Let's try to imagine a human civilization where no religions were "invented" at any point in time. How could it be possible? My thoughts are about some specific type of thinking in such a ...
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How would people speak with rulers? [closed]

There is a question about the title for a ruler (What royal title can an absolutistic ruler have?). That is a question about the title for the ruler and it was very well answered. But: How to speak ...
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Might a ritually cannibalistic society gain a head start or have an advantage in the study and development of the sciences?

This is largely inspired by two questions that @dsollen has asked over the past year or two. The first: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The second: Cultural beliefs, ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically? [duplicate]

Human beings have the ability to communicate with their minds. This form of telepathy is quick and efficient, relying on concepts and ideas rather than words. A person can mindlink with others in ...
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Why would people be fearful of the dead?

Zombies do not exist in my universe, at least as far as my planet's reality, maybe in some other place, but not on BlinketyBlink. My world is very much like Earth, in that different people are at ...
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What would cause an alien species on an alien world to behave in a (specifically) repugnant way?

One of my projects has been developed around the idea that humans in the future visit an earthlike planet in Andromeda. The planet is populated with humanoid creatures that are “well endowed.” Ex: the ...
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How long could a race, making recourse of eugenics, survive while trying to keep “pure”

They not only traditionally dispose of most females for believing males are more valuable workers/warriors, but also of any offspring which doesn't look the right way after the first couple of months (...
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If an inventor discovered how to build a teleportation device and used it, what laws would he have broken and could he be successfully prosecuted? [closed]

Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between two different locations allowing people to simply walk between these two places with a single step. Now imagine ...
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What if hell is real… by necromancy?

This story set in a medieval world, where necromancy is forbidden by law, but openly deployed by the church to simulate hell. There is a dedicated pool of fire just below the church of this kingdom, ...
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Everybody has dual personalities, how do you keep your interactions in order?

In a world I am building, the days last 9 years. One of the results of this is that many species have evolved to sleep like dolphins, one half of their brain at a time. The two sides and thus two ...
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How to structure society after my inevitable evil takeover? [closed]

Okay, imagine I'm your average megalomaniacal evil overlord. After a brief but spirited scuffle with local heroes, I've managed to employ an army of coal-fed death robots to seize control of the ...
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What if kings had to change diapers to go to war? [closed]

Kings don't change diapers. They just don't. The queen does it or the maids do it... Someone does it because it has to get done but definitely it's not the king's job to do it. But what if in order ...
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What happens when genetics and popular politics collide? [closed]

Disclaimer: I understand that the question I'm about to pose has the potential, even the probability, of creating a firestorm response. I'm hoping it won't happen and thank everyone in advance for ...
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Biological CPUs - why would the developed world fear them?

There is a bottleneck towards Strong AI in my universe. For whatever reason, no one has ever figured out an AI that is sufficiently autonomous to be left alone without intervention, and no one has ...
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What would prostitutes wear in a setting where skimpy clothing is a sign of rank [closed]

I'm in the early stages of a fantasy late medieval world where only women can perform magic. The society is run by witches (all witches are part of the nobility and all of the nobility are witches). ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

In a modern, "western" country, where can I set my secret facility so that authorities won't find me for about 30 years? The needed amount of area is relatively large, a bit less than 200 m2. The ...
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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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Student hating each student without hating too much?

So in my world, I have a university called The Institution. It is one of the best university in its era and graduation from it is considered as a guaranteed success in their future. The university ...
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Acceptable time count

Supposedly we human are able to terraformed Mars decades from now, then in few hundred years able to enhance our genes to be more adaptable to live on harsh conditions, creating space colonies and ...
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In a post-modern world, can meeting new people mean preference over local communities and/or families?

Gonna be hard to put it to words, especially because of the rather broad scope of my question, but I think it can be a proper submission here. Here on Earth, regardless of the period and location, in ...
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How would human society change if everyone had superpowered flatulence? [closed]

I would appreciate serious answers for this. The emissions in question are strong enough to let someone hover for a few seconds, and minor property damage has been recorded. They are extremely ...
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How would a huge sexual dimorphism and a short male lifetime of sapient celaphopods affect their society? [closed]

Related to the question: How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda? After breeding several lines of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (...
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How feasible is this human subspecies: Slimes [closed]

Well here comes the next species after the sky dancers. Context: A magical event has led to people with similar gene structures to humans coming around, though they can be drastically different in ...
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How feasible is this human subspecies: Skydancers [closed]

I aim to create more of these posts in the future to experiment with the feasibility of my other species but right now I am testing out these boys. Context: A magical event has led to people with ...
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Economic and social roles of those without magic?

In a world where magic is inheritable and most people possess it, what would some of the expected economic and social roles of those without magic to be? ---Background Info Below--- The inheritance ...
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Clothing in a society of beings with multiple personalities?

In a land where the majority of people have multiple personalities, how do the personalities distinguish themselves? Whenever they change personalities, they have an immediate need to disassociate ...
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What prosthetics would be suitable for a rural aristocrat in history?

What kind of prosthetic technology would be available to a wealthy but rural aristocratic person without a leg and how would it affect their social standing? The time era is sort of pre-Elizabethan, ...
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This could be the nickname for a nuclear family of females? [closed]

In omegaverse we can have a nuclear family formed by an Alfa Female and a Beta or Omega Female whose kids will be all females. I get the inspiration to call this kind of family "Doll house", but ...
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Marriage and divorce in the future [closed]

In the future, if medical technology is significantly advanced and humans live indefinitely, or at least for human lifespans have increased by tens or hundreds of years, how will marriage/divorce/...
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Consequences of Personal AIs [closed]

In my world, a new technology known as Personal AIs (which I will denote as PAIs from this point forward) have become about as commonplace as today's iPhone. The PAI can act as a personal assistant, ...
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Sex with centaurs can be considered bestiality? [closed]

Lets say centaurs were created by proto-humans that had sex with zebras in ancient Africa. They lived in migrating herds but now they are integrated in human kingdoms. However some humans wanted to ...
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What would you send in 10 m³ to the medieval age, and how would you obtain it? [closed]

So my protagonist has received "future data" because of this he is sure that a space that is 10 meters cubed will be transported back in time to a medieval time and place outlined in the data. "future ...
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What would the perfect human race be like? [closed]

In considering issues such as scientology for human cloning, disease-free DNA, agelessness and physical attributes such as personality, build and complexion; the question is, "what would the perfect ...
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What cultural movement(s) could cause pedophilia to be normalized in the west?

Note: This is a touchy subject even for a fantasy-theory site. It's probably best that I say that this question stems from an conversation I had with a coworker the other day (we're software engineers)...
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If wrong deeds were visible on a person's skin, how would the world change? [closed]

In this world (otherwise the same as Earth), people would have an appearance based on their characters. If someone does something bad, his skin gets a red stain and if he does something good then his ...
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How should schemers educate their children?

I'm trying to create a nation that is greedy, opportunistic & obsessed with profits and trade. They are cunning, treacherous schemers that will swindle you despite all the pleasantries and ...
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To what extent would the world change if penis sizes of every single male became publicly known to everyone? [closed]

Extracted from here To what extent would the world change if penis sizes of every single male on earth became publicly known to everyone? Penis sizes of world leaders, celebrities, sports stars, ...
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Proper clothes for inhabitants of a planet of hats

Defining trope: government enforcing clothes to being ultra-practical and possibly not wasteful Setting: rebuilt post apocalypse Climate: temperate, with capitol that thanks to good metro and ...
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Fiction Accuracy: American Nightmare

I checked yesterday the movie The Purge: Election Year (American Nightmare in French, which does not make sense because the title is already in English but nevermind), and I found it to be a correct ...
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Supporting apocalypse [closed]

Let's define some basic principles of my world: It takes place within a very small galaxy. Very limited FTL - escaping from the galaxy is practically impossible, and planets are connected by ancient ...
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Could anonymity fuel desperation in robot?

A detective is working on a case of unnatural death of a prostitute, and it appears that a domestic robot is tied to the case. According to the statement from the hotel staff and manager, they have ...
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Inbreeding in a society where there are no genetic downsides

I have a sentient race that is similar to humans in appearance as well as culture. The culture they embrace currently is the 'arranged marriage period' where such a union may happen for wealth, ...
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How could people on our world recognize time travelers if they are trying to hide their identity? [closed]

Regarding time travel to our timeline, many have assumed that time travelers would reveal themselves as such, most notably Stephen Hawking's party for time travelers that he announced after the fact. ...
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The Noble Plebian

I'm creating a civilization modeled after Rome and am trying to determine the social structure within it and am probably going to ask another question about it after this one. I was thinking about ...
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How society would evolve if supermarkets were disappearing tomorrow? [closed]

If tomorrow hyper/supermarket physically disappear : the walls and merchandise in it. Not shopkeeper or merchant. A supermarket is a store with a sales area of 400 square meters or more and selling ...
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Why certain (sub)cultures would reappear in a far future?

In my world, I want to create cultures resembling cultures of old Earth ages. This applies both to state structure and culture. (e.g. ancient Egypt revival) Since this does not happen spontaneously, ...
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Fantastical acceptance

or; Pass me my gryphon pants please. His high school racial studies were kind of a pain, Billy thought. Spending the day as a unicorn may have made gym class easy, but it just made trying to ...
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What could cause a society to develop with large economic differences between classes while the discussion of money is taboo?

Physical tokens of money and discussion of money and economics are considered vulgar and crass in this culture, yet there is a vast economic gulf between the very poor and the very rich. There is a ...
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Secret Communication in Sign Language

In a world where spoken language is impossible, people still need to communicate secretly at times. After all, what would a culture be without movies about spies sharing secrets in public places? I ...