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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Clarification: based on the info below, are there non-obvious ways Matter Dulicator could be used to push the “tech level” of such a society so far past the late Medieval level that common dangers and ...
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how early can people build a giant clock?

Can a clock that measures hours and minutes be created using primitive technology? so at most gears carved out of wood/bone/stone or crude non smitthed copper and when? I tought that maybe a primitive ...
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Could cavemen domesticate the Tyrannosaurus Rex?

In pop culture, there are ideas that paleolithic humans and dinosaurs lived together. The Flintstones is the most famous example of this idea. This obviously wasn't the case in reality, but what if by ...
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Feasibility of body armour for mer-people [closed]

I have seen a number of posts on this site about the difficulties of technological advancements for those who dwell beneath the surface of the sea, and this is colouring my treatment of mer-people in ...
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The Emperor's Coffee House - how to build a neolithic steam engine?

This is a thought experiment that I had for a long time, and I would like to know if it is possible/feasible. Let's assume that we have a very powerful ancient emperor, who has an idea to harness the ...
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Underwater Cuneiform?

I am developing a culture for a species that lives in freshwater. They are solidly stone/bone-age, so no issues with "how do you develop metallurgy underwater?" and so on, but I would like ...
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How to make many sapient species on an alien planet without genetic engineering?

With the species of Damarian, as found on the list here, there are many different species, which all evolve at about roughly the same time. Obviously, a huge problem about multiple species evolving ...
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Is stone age humanism possible?

Is it possible for a group of stone age humans to survive and thrive with a humanist mentality, believing not in supernatural entities and magical thinking, but simple scientific observation and the ...
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Can transistors be made in the stone age? (Spoiler: Dr.Stone)

WARNING: This post contains some spoilers for the anime/manga Dr.Stone. As I'm watching Dr.Stone, I see Senku and the gang trying to make vacuum tubes for their circuits. The vacuum tube is an ...
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Navigation on a planet with an eccentric orbit

On this planet, there is a nomadic tribe of humans who are the descendants of unwilling colonists from thousands of years prior. They are a nomadic tribe because of the incredibly extreme seasons, ...
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How would a Stone age society make use of gunpowder?

Given that the main ingredients for gunpowder(Charcoal, Saltpetre, and Sulphur) exist in varying quantities pretty much everywhere, I've been wondering how it wasn't discovered much sooner than the ...
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Could a stone age civilization independently figure out about quantum mechanics [closed]

I was thinking of a stone age civilization that figures out how to use Quantum Mechanics. This civilization figures out some of the equations that describe Quantum Mechanics, and comes up with first ...
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Art Critics in the Stone Age

In the stone-age world that I am building, I don't just want one-dimensional characters who are either hunters or gatherers. I want a great quantity of people including those who would have become art ...
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Stone-age air-force

Story-based background (not essential for question) The Helawi live at the top of a small plateau with steep cliffs all around. There is a carved stairway from top to bottom that allows only one ...
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What animals in North America are rideable?

I thought of this question when I heard Einstein's statement on WW3, and I wondered if humanity was setback, would North Americans have any mounts that would rival those of the rest of the world? (...
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Humans without fire?

Suppose anatomically modern, but technologically primitive, humans (say, early Paleolithic) were magically transported to a world broadly similar to our own, but where open flames are impossible. (I ...
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Does harmony have to be invented?

The oldest known musical instruments are a set of bone and ivory flutes from around 42,000 years ago. Paleolithic tribesmen undoubtedly played these instruments gathered around the campfire, as an ...
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What is the most effective crude weapon? [closed]

I am developing a race of generic "barbarians", but I'm looking to see what weapons they can develop that pose a great risk to others. I have not decided what kind of conditions they live in, and I ...
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Accuracy of a timed fuse manufactured by a stone-age tribe

So, having discovered gunpowder, my stone-age tribe needs some timed fuses for their explosive arrows and landmines. However, I am unsure of how accurate their fuses would be. The quality of their ...
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How to create stone-age landmines?

So, an island-dwelling stone-age tribe has discovered gunpowder and invaded several neighboring islands using their explosive arrows. However, a coalition of enemy tribes has formed in response to ...
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How to trigger explosive arrows?

So, I have a small tribe of island people with stone-age technology who have discovered how to make gunpowder. However, they want to make war on the neighboring islands, and they need a delivery ...
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How would a Mesolithic community go about building a permanent settlement?

Edit: I've gotten some answers now, but many of them use Neolithic settlements as examples. I wish I had the archaeological know-how to analyze these settlements' technologies and economies and ...
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Is this a good reason for the tribes to stay?

So, in my story, there are these 3 tribes out in Southern California that are fighting a war over resources, water specifically. My main character helps one become victorious. The names of the tribes ...
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How close to Impossible can Navigation be on a Jungle Planet (for a Stone Age Civilization)?

Premise I would like to create a world that is rendered nearly impossible to navigate by natural circumstances. In my particular world, a thick jungle covers the whole planet from pole to pole; this ...
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Could human progress go backwards [duplicate]

Could it be possible for human to regress back to the Stone Age? If for some reason all human knowledge in the form of books and the internet, and all modern day technology was lost could humanity ...
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How would a stone age human adult adapt to our society [closed]

Suppose we find a frozen adult human from the stone age that somehow can be reanimated to a healthy state. How would he react and adapt? He would probably first be panicked and think he is in hell ...
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What explosives could a small stone-age island nation feasibly discover?

I am building a world with a small island nation trying to defend themselves against a large continent with medieval (1200-1300) level technology. They lack metal and use obsidian and stone for ...
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