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Questions tagged [social-norms]

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A society without law enforcement? [closed]

There is a society with a similar level of technological and cultural advancements as what we have. But there are no police officers. No government entities dedicated to investigating and punishing ...
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How smart can we get?

One of the great problems in designing an Artificial Intelligence we can control is our own lack of sufficient intelligence. Partial failure here (success as designing an AI, failure at control) would ...
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Cultural beliefs, practices, and prejudices of tribes practicing ritual cannibalism

This is a followup to an old question of mine here: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The previous question went a good ways into studying a 'safe' way that a culture ...
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A teacher can be a cheater, but why? [closed]

Quite along the lines of @Tim B. 's very popular question, but generalizing stuff a bit here. A teacher can be a cheater, after all, it's there in the name. Why would a teacher, a fountain of ...
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What would happen if there were a cheap, instant, complete test for sexually transmitted diseases? [closed]

If there was a small, cheap, simple device or test that anyone could obtain, which at any time could be used to immediately indicate if anyone was positive or negative for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes,...
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How to explain conservative sexual attitudes in an atheist society

This would be a human culture in what I would consider the distant future. Depending on the individual asked, either religious traditions and notions are something a society needs to eventually ...
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Making a Character Complex Without Convolution [closed]

In my story, my character explores throughout short stories explaining his history. I want to make his personality incredibly complex (making his actions very impulsive or decisive seemingly at random)...
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How would society react if someone finds out that plants have feelings like humans?

Some scientists discover that plants have humanlike feelings. Now it becomes unethical and immoral to have mass production farms for plants as it is yet for animals. As there are animal-right activist,...
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Mating Habits and Social Structures of a Three Gender Species

The species here has three possible genders, "A", "B" and "C" (for simplicity's sake). Each of the three genders can mate with another gender, producing the third gender. In other words, A and B ...
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Looking at unconventional (by Western Standards) partnerships/marriages

Clarified and narrowed down as requested! The following guidelines have already been established for the world. These are presented so you get an idea of the people we are dealing with: 1. The ...
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What if parents didn't “own” their children?

Passage of the Childhood Ownership Act of 20X8 Bob has finally made it to a position of power as a rich white male in the First World after hundreds of lives as a powerless child. He has used his ...
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Money == Life What would the consequences be for the poor? (And other consequences.) [closed]

I have an idea for a specific fantasy-world and setting (for a pen&paper RPG), but I would like some thoughts of others on it. In particular, how such a world would lead to the formation of ...
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What's to stop shapeshifting humans from changing their appearance all the time?

All the excitement surrounding the power to quickly and easily alter one's appearance has largely died down. Social norms have arisen around what kinds of changes are acceptable and which kinds are ...