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How to shape society's values such that paleontology becomes the largest / most profitable industry?

In our iteration of "Earth," there are several studies suggesting that the study of paleontology is itself going extinct. In an attempt to envision a brighter future for the field, I want to build a ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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What political system, in real world spectrum, would this be?

I think I have established democracy, but I am very unintelligible on how they are called in the real world because I doubt I invented something new, I am just politically dumb. Could you please say ...
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Winning against a “god”? [closed]

The god of my world is malevolent. He loves manipulating people, destroying cities, and causing tragedies all around the globe. He thinks this is the best way to govern humans, and nothing can ...
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Most likely source of conflict between humans and werewolves?

So, my werewolves are a diet version of the classical lycanthrope. They have considerable strength and a thick hide, but a trained human can still overpower them. They can be hurt with regular ...
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How would caste system benefits population of hive mind?

Unlike bee population whereby the worker bee or scout bee feedback news through a complex domino style network to inform the rest of their community and then the queen bee(s) will still be busy ...
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How to find out if someone is guilty of adultery?

Cheaters are considered to be inferior humans with defective genes and just like mentally ill people and individuals born with various handicaps are eliminated from the gene pool. Capital punishment ...
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How would world economy be affected by easy-to-learn magic, which can consistently produce edible food and potable water? [closed]

Spells that can produce food and/or water have appeared in several different fictional universes, but this specific question concerns a pre-Renaissance, post-Bronze Age fantasy setting with hard magic ...
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How can tengu avoid being conquered?

So, I decided to replace elves with tengu, a race of six-limbed humanoid birds. Firstly, because I'm tired of seeing Legolas everywhere. Second is that compared to a bog-standard human-elf romantic ...
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How large could a population of supernatural beings be and still be plausibly hidden?

I am trying to figure out how large the population of supernatural beings can be in a stereotypical urban fantasy setting before their numbers stretch the suspension of disbelief. I.e., your standard ...
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Does echolocation work in these conditions?

The inhabitants of a small city carved into the side of a cliff are blind and use echolocation to navigate. There is a lot of empty space, around a kilometer of between the cliff side where the ...
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Would my version of a post-apocalyptic US federal government make sense and/or function properly?

So here’s some back story to catch you guys up: In my story, the Black Flu broke out around 2002 and lasted from then all the way until 2010 where it burned itself out. The Black Flu was the most ...
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All mammals are now conscious and extremely intelligent. Why does a non-human mammal want to revert it? [closed]

History: Our expirements backfired. We tried to give a couple great apes consciousness intelligence, and sapience and we thought we failed and released them back into nature. Turns out, our ...
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What justifications would people use to justify discrimination of people with special powers?

The whole 'prejudice against mutants with powers' thing has been done to death, most notably with X-men. However, I always felt that it was too over the top, the blind hate being excessive and no ...
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Why would humans be the dominant species?

Humans, in most fantasy stories including in my own, are the dominant species. Why is that? Firstly, I guess I should give every race in my story strengths and weaknesses. Humans (same as us) have ...
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Would a city carved into a side of a ravine be plausible?

A small city, barely even one, that built everything at the side of cliffs to be protected from the strong winds above. Is something like it plausible? I can't seem to find examples of it outside of ...
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How can a hive mind society controlled by an alien destroy human civilization?

I want to create a story where an alien had the power to telepathcally control the collective choices of human society (example controling how we feel about certain events , morals and political ...
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Would a blind city have windows? [closed]

I've made it so they have the ability to echolocate and for the main character, a person with sight, the lighting is odd because it only comes from fires that are a necessity for warmth, cooking or ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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How can an immortal emperor's descendants affect the rate of population growth?

In the ancient nation of R'lyeth, a carpenter named Yeshuah Targeryean walked into a desert to prepare for his ministry. During this time, he was visited by a tentacled monstrosity who promised him ...
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What would a blind civilization look like? [closed]

Blind humans basically, though they are more adept in echolocation. They're also not born blind, they just believe that sight stains our understanding of the world, that it is a curse that must be ...
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How would a species evolve in a world exclusively made of water?

There is a cold planet (maybe a moon of a gas giant) far out in a solar system. It has a solid core and the surface is a thick layer of ice. Because of nuclear fission in the planet's core it is warm ...
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What would the population and financial requirements be to create a self-sustaining country based on UBI that could be apart of the global economy [closed]

If a mega rich individual wanted to test the validity of UBI (Universal Basic Income) in the most efficient way possible and how it integrates into a global modern economy, what would the population ...
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Can language stay static with immortals?

Question speaks for itself. If you had an immortal (thinking God-Emperor Leto style), would language change? Assuming an immortal presence in society holding a high (or multiple high) positions of ...
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how can large reserves of mana not be made irrelevant by technology?

All individuals contain mana, the life force of a human that can also be used to power spells. People are born with various levels of mana, with some having larger pools than others. This determines ...
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What would happen to transgender culture/identity if sex were trivially chanageable? [closed]

This is a specific followup to the question 'How would society be different in a world where sex/gender is trivially changable?': in a future (Human, earth) society where (like in the Culture novels), ...
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Would a civilization living on a planet without a moon still come up with the concept of months?

We divide the year into months of ~30 days because that’s roughly the period of the moon, adapted to fit a solar year. However, would a civilization living on a world with no moon but a year of ~365 ...
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JFK has clones, is he still safe? [closed]

Premise Human cloning tends to discombobulate our moral compasses; the potential for scientific gain and the potential for abuse are vast. Now, contrast this moral dilemma with the public sentiment ...
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Disney buys all the rights on sex bots [closed]

Year 2030, and sex bots have now been around since the early 2018 and existed as a concept for more than half a century. But during the last years they became more and more common, they are not in ...
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Which map below would make more sense for a post-apocalyptic federal government to control if it wanted to liberate the country?

So I’m currently stuck between the peninsula-map and this one . Between the two, which would make more sense for the federal government to have control over 17 years after zombies and a virus both ...
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How to avoid FTL as a plot device?

Many SF stories feature faster-than-light travel as essentially a trope: Roddenberry has stated☡ that the Enterprise travels at the speed of plot. As an allegory of the south seas, or some throw-away ...
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What mechanisms need to be in place for an advanced, peaceful society to retain high testosterone levels?

While by no means a smoking gun, there is still a reasonable amount of empirical evidence on the notion that socialization and testosterone are negatively correlated. Archaeological Evidence From ...
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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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Countries are suddenly isolated, can they maintain/recover the current technology level? [closed]

Let's say suddenly, today, transparent and invisible barriers appeared along the borders of all countries. Here are the mechanics of those barriers : They let air, light and animals pass, however, ...
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How would an entity benefit from a contradictory origin story?

Most people believe that H.P. Lovecraft was a racist, basing the monsters in his cosmic horror story on his fears of a modernizing world and prejudiced views on other races and cultures. However, the ...
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How large can a medieval Empire conceivably get and still be considered a single political entity?

I was reading a book on the Byzantine Empire, and at its height it controlled much of the Mediterranean. I looked up the Arabs and saw that at the dawn of Islam they built an empire that lasted for a ...
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Would this presidential directive be practical to implement?

So I currently have something call the National Defense-Continuity Directive (AKA Directive 0), which is basically a national call to arms. Directive 0 is only signed off on when there is a truly ...
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How can a nation that preys on its neighbors survive in the long term?

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An predatory empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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A medieval police force…?

This is kind of a companion question to this one (How to reconcile a feudal system with a congressional/parliamentary democracy...?), so if you are looking for some extra context, you can read this ...
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How could dragon society avoid interacting with humanity?

One day, the people of a small village, near [----] woke up to a deafening roar, soon followed by bright flashes of light, coming from the nearby forest. As the roars and thuds didn't let up, they ...
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Magic is irrational and anti-authority - Can this work as I expect?

Since I asked these questions If magic is real, can it be true that rational scientific thought should exclude it? Science, Religion, Magic: Can they be maintained in equal and parallel opposition? ...
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How might a Dark Lord quickly overhaul a civilization? [closed]

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs society originally resembled ancient Celtic society being relatively sophisticated and placing a high value on honor. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark ...
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Youth Safehouse [closed]

Youth in their teens come to this safehouse from hundreds of miles away in order to find safety from their family, develop a sense of personal identity, and have a place to stay while they build a ...
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Would it be possible to alter the memory of an entire population within 2 generations?

I am working on a country that has been conquered by a foreign power. However, they did not manage to conquer all settlements and fortresses. In and beyond a giant mountain range at the southern ...
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Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out over ...
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Space journeying cities to new inhabitable planet, size and society [closed]

So in this future society (from earth), man decided it worthwhile to inhabit new far away planets. Sadly, faster than light travel or communication has not been found and cryostasis never worked out. ...
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How can I get people to put their money where their mouth is? [closed]

When individuals cede their power for effective choice to involuntary institutions, as soon as there's an uncoupling between what the institutions are aiming at and the interests of people, which do ...
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How plausible would it be for a Reptilian race to have settlements in cold regions without hibernation?

So, I was wondering if it would be possible for a race of reptilians to live in a climate similar to that of Germany or Scandinavia without having to hibernate for the winter months. They would be ...
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Global effects of a “free” energy device

Suppose I have a "free energy" device of the following characteristics: Cheap, Materials Easily Accessible Basic wire (coils) and electronics components in an unintuitive configuration Solid State ...
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How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings of ...

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