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Intelligence is not instinctual. Survival is. As stated in another answer, apes have been doing quite well. Human intelligence has mankind bettering our lives/lifespan, but not necessary our instinct to survive. However, the lack of intelligence or reasoning power can paralyze our instinct of survival in extreme conditions; such as matching wits against ...


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In what way are these people not actually us? Humans, when left to their own faulty devices and philosophies, almost always come up with the wrong answer. We see this clearly when we examine our own follies, as individuals as well as as societies. You mention the specific instance of the split baby: this is a well known story of one of the wisest humans in ...


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Humans already do this. That is why we have expressions such as "Cutting off your nose to spite your face." Road rage is an example. It does neither participant any lasting good and, in severe cases, can cause serious injury to one or both of the combatants. Your species is driven by emotional response and this overrides logic. In order to survive, ...


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It seems highly unlikely that being a moron would have a specific evolutionary advantage of its own. So the answer is no a population of all morons cannot survive without some other advantage. However life is complex and there are a lot of qualifications to that statement. It is possible that being a moron is a side effect of some other positive trait in ...


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If we read your question carefully, the answer is clearly Yes. You ask, "Can a population of humans who evolved to be utter morons survive to this day" Well, if they evolved to be utter morons then clearly that was an adaptive strategy for them at some time and some place. Therefore your current question boils down to "Can a species of morons ...


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MORAL FLEXIBILITY: No one believes they are bad people, but society rings people with laws that restrict freedoms. The only way to justify the survival of such a society is to ascribe their logic to a different value system. In this scenario, they are still smart, and looking out for their own productive interest. Skewed logic is another word for justifying ...


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No They would all die upon discovering fire. To quote: "Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him, and he's warm for the rest of his life." - Sir Terry Pratchett, Jingo Thus, the only reasonable thing to do is to light all of themselves in fire so that they would indeed be warm for the remainder of their lives.


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Honey Traps From your context the aim seems to not be to prevent people cheating on their spouses, but to identify the people who might be tempted and eliminate them for crazy genocidal "breeding a better human" reasons. So just hire a load of attractive people to go around looking for romantic relations with people, then kill anyone these tempters manage ...


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As others have said, this would (should) play out similar to witch hunts. In cases like this, guilt is determined not based on physical evidence and investigation, but on what those in-world place their faith in as being "sound" sources of truth. Given the context of the world you have here there are a number of things that could fit this criteria and the ...


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If you want to get cruel and oppressive enough: All sex must occur with a certain level of supervision or at least an OK from the authorities. Any babies that are born but were not conceived in this manner are put to death. Now while you might argue that the babies are unfairly punished for the crimes of (one of) the parents, it still achieves the stated ...


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The silk-analogue-producing hominids would die out In its simplest terms, this is an ability that disadvantages early hominids in a kill-or-be-killed world. Compared to a standard model Homo habilis, the brick producers suddenly have a considerable portion of their body converted to silk-analogue-producing glands, probably several different sorts (having ...


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