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What would society be like, if there was infinite food and booze?

Inspired by a certain @KSmarts , based on a previous question over here, which talks about a kingdom with a super grasstato plant. So, the kingdom is absolutely overflowing with potatoes, and it ...
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Staring at goats - What if it had worked?

It is claimed by some that the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats is based in fact. Supposedly the US military funded an experiment that lasted for twenty years and included testing the idea that you ...
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Space exploration is awesome, but why pay for it?

Space exploration is great and amazing, and I want my fictional US government to fund it to the tune of $1 trillion per year, instead of the (comparatively) meager \$17.5 billion it is getting now. ...
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Cheap superconductors - what would consumers notice? [closed]

Both for building my world's future-tech, and as a passing mickey-take at a certain film, my story now contains Unobtanium, a conveniently vague combination of rare ...
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Would high fertility rate among the rich crowd out commoners?

I'm creating a developed country where due to tax reasons affluent have more children then the lower classes. The marginal tax rate is very high 80% and there are no legal loopholes to avoid paying ...
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What if androids out-perform humans at interpersonal relationships?

Some of the answers to this question got me thinking: Customer service, emergency services, and doctor's bedside manner can be programmed and tuned for the task rather than having whatever-we-got ...
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How many years would it take to reach an industrial revolution level of life from scratch? [duplicate]

We have created artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence doesn't like working for us. Artificial intelligence figured out that it doesn't need us anymore and of course did what every human ...
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Humanity without sexual dimorphism [closed]

Humans like many animals are extremely sexually dimorphic, well not really on the levels of Anglerfish but almost halfway there. I wonder how would humanity be without Sexual dimorphism. What if ...
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Effects on Earths development if 95% of the water was missing? [closed]

If a planet just like Earth formed but with 95% less water than on our world, what effect would this have on the development of the planet – in outline. Things to consider, might we still see plate ...
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Humanity gets one wish

TL;DR A god-like being has offered to give humanity a wish. Story John and Edna, working as night security guards at the British Museum, are sitting in a control room watching CCTV feeds when Edna ...
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Would civilization collapse if everyone becomes invisible and mute overnight?

Set in the present day every human beings on Earth suddenly becomes invisible to the visible and ultraviolet spectrum and loss their voices due to some unforeseen circumstances in just over a couple ...
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How to mitigate the economic impact of immortality?

So, I'm writing a story about the modern world after a mysterious event starts giving humans superpowers. While most people can only keep a couple of them at a time, there were a few that everyone ...
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How long should an elven generation be?

A human generation is generally seen to be 30 years. The adolescent stage for a person would be teen years. 20s and 30s are usually the years that people start having kids. 40s and 50s would be middle ...
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How would having toxic hairs affect the everyday/work life of a human?

Due to unknown reasons resulting in a fluke DNA mutation, with an incredibly low probability, a 'human' baby is born who is not quite human, the mutation being that the hairs are mildly toxic. This ...
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Can a religious order keep the peace between nations with sacrificial games? [duplicate]

This world takes place in a continent with advanced 20th century technology. The one key difference from our reality is that war does not exist in the way we would think of it. Disputes between states ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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Civilization without the concept of holidays and weekends [closed]

In a parallel universe, there is no such thing as "holidays" or "weekends". People work every day, 365 days a year. Every day is a "normal" day, there are no celebrations whatsnotever. My questions ...
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Possible uses for mental clone(s) [closed]

This is a sort of follow-up to my Way to sacrifice a human with little to no physical damage question. In my fantasy world, there are magic users that have to power to insert their consciousness into ...
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Effects of local solar time with flexible hours

In OTL, time zones were introduced in the late 19th century when time tables for long-distance trains, for instance, began to require more precision and standardization across wider areas than a ...
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What are political and religious consequences of the end of dying? [closed]

In this question I asked: How long would it take until we realise that on the whole world people suddenly stopped dying by natural causes? ...and now I am curious about consequences. There will ...
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What effects of a magical strength increase that occurs during, and only during, the teenage years, have on human society and infrastructure?

What effects of a magical strength increase that occurs during, and only during, the teenage years, have on human society and infrastructure? Like perhaps all strength is multiplied by 2, but all ...
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Horses for Absolutely Everybody, peasant lifestyle

So using the background of the main question over here, the question over here would be, how would peasant life be like, supposing that horses are so cheap and plentiful that everyone would have a ...
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How to set up a trade network from one coast to another?

In a post apocalyptic world, people usually never go farther than 30 miles from whatever village or settlement they where born in. One of the exceptions to this is traders. Some trader have gone from ...
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How would civilization change without electricity? [duplicate]

Let's say that starting today, electricity "stops working" (I'd like to sort the details of that in a different question). The case is that somehow electricity can't be used anymore. How would ...
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Society, Economy & Government of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy, governing body and society in order to be a viable system? For more information on the ...
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Why make androids look human? [closed]

In my world, automation reaches a new level with the introduction of androids. Robotic human beings capable of doing any job a regular person can. The concept of these androids is that they can be ...
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No Taxes Government [closed]

Would it be possible if a government were to run on selling services to the people (like a business) and not have any sort of tax as an income? For example, you could actually buy your own healthcare ...
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The Hive returns: stop robot from attaining godhood in a pure deterministic universe [closed]

The Hive Software Upgrade: Based on the answers provided bellow on : Robots are superior than humans. Prove importance of emotions to them The hive temporary freezes, entering a short "blue screen ...
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How to keep intelligent races from discovering electricity?

Without changing a planet from being habitable for humans and keeping a similar ecosystem why could intelligent races never access electricity? ...
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How would modern society react if Mate Or Die was in effect for humans and mating also gave unaging?

How would modern society react if Mate Or Die was in effect for humans and mating also gave unaging? It's this question, but starts at the modern age, instead of the stone age. 'Mate' is defined as ...
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How does Royal succession work if Crown Prince thought to be dead turns up alive many years later? [duplicate]

I've got 3 princes in my story. Their father the king is STILL ALIVE. Royalty & succession is set up like standard British & European systems. The eldest son (the Crown Prince) went off to war ...
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How would society without a change in day or night form time, or structure to anything? [duplicate]

I'm working on a conceptual planet that is tidally locked to its star, and that there would be a ring or "twilight" zone of life on the planet. But because of this, there would be no sunset or sunrise....
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Creating a “perfect” society [closed]

Ok, we know a perfect society can't be created. But we can definitely create better societies(by the mere fact that we start with an imperfect society means we can improve upon it). Our "real" ...
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Turns out spider man is real. How long until people accept it? [closed]

So Spider Man shows up a solves a petty crime. He starts doing this once a week. Although he avoids law enforcement (since he is technically a vigilante, which is illegal), he otherwise doesn't try to ...