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Large dinosaurs are like elephants. Very strong, but the one thing they can't do is jump. Their massive body weight increases with the cube of their size, meaning that large dinosaurs are at the limit of what their body can physically support. Trying to jump is impossible for them. So forget about trying to build a strong wooden fence, build a ditch. That's ...


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It is already too late. Any decision you make will either be a) one you have been gently guided towards by a posthuman superintelligence (with or without your realisation of this fact) or b) one that the posthumans have noted and decided to be entirely compatible with their other aims. You can't wriggle out from under the unblinking omnidirectional gaze of ...


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Man-eating dinosaurs should be relatively easy to keep at bay. A tyrannosaurus is a little under 4 meters tall, so it should be possible to hold it back with a good wooden wall at about that height. The villagers should keep a bell to ring when one is spotted to that everyone can run back to the walled fort to hide. Some flaming arrows might help persuade it ...


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They are simply too dull to attract attention from others. Think of ants or of other insects/bugs. As long as they don't become a direct nuisance, we don't really bother with them. We don't kill ants just because they are ants, but only when they start colonize our houses, we don't kill wasps just because they are wasps, but only when they become a danger ...


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As opposed to men, animals are much more reasonable. They don't stubbornly go in places where they experience discomfort. Therefore walls, fires and smoke, topped with loud noises will be good dissuasive means. Keeping food away to remove any rewards for facing the troubles will also help.


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do what humans have always done, barriers and hunting. Real farms used hedgerows. Real hedge row will stop a dinosaur, real hedgerows are made of earth, stone, woven fencing, shrubs and trees. they produce a rather solid barrier. They may just have to make them a little taller. it will actually be harder for large animals to get through them than small ones....


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Search for elephant village fence africa park We are currently testing beehive fences in selected locations and have found that it very successfully deters elephants. – The Wildlife Connection http://elephantsandbees.com/tanzania/ https://news.mongabay.com/2017/06/breaking-a-fence-breaking-habit-maintaining-the-fences-that-reduce-human-elephant-...


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The posthumans leave you alone because they see value in preserving your culture (and their past) and consider it unethical to interfere with it, having learned from experience that such interference usually ends badly for the baseline human individuals involved. Basically, you're this guy, a Sentinelese: The Sentinelese, also known as the Sentineli and ...


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In short term (millions of years), most likely already long living, somewhat intelligent and social species with free hand-like manipulators. In longer term (hundred of millions years), pretty much anything can change. So, in order of decreasing probability: Genetically engineered (uplifted) animals with hands. Monkeys, apes, maybe hamsters, ferrets, ...


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Edit2: After some digging around, I finally found the perfect quote for your story. How different a creature is man in society and man in solitude! - William Godwin Perhaps you are wondering why I believe this the perfect quote for your story. This is because William Godwin (1756-1836) is a philosopher that supports anarchy, or more accurately, min-...


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The "Orions Arm" website hints at a solution to this issue. The shifts are even more extreme, with super intelligences being in a series of nested hierarchies as well. In this universe, intelligences range from baseline humans (S<1) to godlike machine intelligences instanciated in Jupiter sized cpomputronium brains using principles that lesser ...


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The same thing villagers did to protect themselves against (human/animal) threats in history: nothing (though this is dependant on the wealth/size of the village). Villages tended to be small and poor. They wouldn't be able to build a large and costly defense such as a wall or ditch or even have dedicated guards. This is why they are susceptible to attacks ...


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Trained animals. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dogs-herd-elephants-at-pittsburgh-zoo/ The dogs are bred to move livestock. In this case, the fearless canines are trained to handle massive elephants. They charge and nip at the elephants' feet and trunks. The elephants have such respect for the dogs that even if they hear a handler say the name Major ...


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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable." REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE. "Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—" YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE ...


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In this world, dinosaurs are wildlife that usually don't bother people So people aren't likely to invest much in defences. They may fall back on the old approach of surrounding themselves with thornbushes. If there's a known threat in the area they may supplement those with fires stoked by people keeping 2-hour watches, and they may try to hunt the ...


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I think next pretender would be some ape, orangutan maybe. They some of necessary things to create something of civilization. Apes have dexterous hands, quite big brain, can use tools, have social lives. On Earth we have also other smart and/or social animals, but most of them lack something essential. For example dolphins are very smart, but their fins and ...


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So... I think it should be noted that in even a reasonably populated area, dinosaurs would never get that big. Sauropods (like the Apatosaurus) took ten years to reach full size. By the time that happened, they would be noticeable and then hunted for the massive amount of meat it would provide. Tyrannosaurs spent most of their early years smaller than ...


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Eating them, using their skin and bones as raw materials for many things and domesticating the small, smart, social ones. Man is a deadly hunter that, before civilization, alredy hunted megafauna many times its size. With medieval iron, pikes, big horses to ride, the dinos stand no chance.


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There was a Lord Moulton, an English judge, who spoke or wrote about the realm of manners and why it was so important to a society. I don't know the original source, but he has been quoted several times by commentator Mark Steyn, for example: Moulton divided society into three sectors, of which he considered the most important to be the "middle land" ...


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Benjamin Disraeli was an influential Conservative Prime Minister in the UK during the Victorian era. He has a number of good quotes about government, but also about civility and society, one of which: "It is knowledge that influences and equalises the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions ...


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Some type of monkey, likely an ape (since they're better on the brain front). But it's not just brains that you need. I don't think it's possible to overestimate how important hands are for our civilization. Boiled down far enough, any tangible result of science is just advanced tool use, and our hands are unmissable for how we are doing that. Almost as ...


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A sentient superintelligence (one with its own goals and planning ability) isn't any better than a human setting the policy for a collection of appliance-like AIs. Genetically engineered friends coming to visit? Dial the joke toaster to a target audience IQ of 280 and repeat to them the lines it gives you. A simulation of a billion people wants to open a ...


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The universe is infinite, so the area the super-intelligence would have to cover would increase infinitely. Covering an infinite area would take infinite resources, something the super-intelligence probably doesn't have. That being the case, they have to be selective about where they go as they expand across the universe. They only want to visit planets ...


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Because of their reliance on logic, it is really easy for one AI to predict the behaviour of another AI. The correct response to stimuli are easily calculable and being a higher-level AI doesn't change this. Every AI instantly knows what all the other AI is going to do. This is total deadlock: the only way to gain an advantage is through randomness... And ...


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Neutral Zone Certain superminds are philosophically opposed to one another. They can avoid (or at least postpone) destructive conflict by agreeing to stick to separate territories, with a neutral zone between them to reduce the risk of border incidents. The Superminds routinely perform remote scans of these areas, but they're only looking for AI activity. ...


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Since your query specifies a civilised species, rather than a species possessing intelligence, awareness, soul, imagination and the like, I'd posit that such species already exist. Or are very close to it. A civilised species should have, according to human definition, a highly developed society or culture; refinement in taste and manners; or evidence of ...


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For bigger dinosaurs their size would be their biggest enemy, just make a ditch or any kind of trap that would make a dinosaur fall. Fallen t-rex is almost always dead t-rex because of square-cube law, and they werent even that big! Smaller dinosaurs could be treaten as any other similar-size mammal carnivores.


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Why not create one, other people remind you that there are other ideas, other ways of being, they tell you what you are is a choice, and once it is a choice you ask why choose to make the world a worse place. or Manners are an acknowledgement that other people are people. or One man can move a rock, two can move a boulder, many can move a ...


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In a famous discussion between several philosophers in the company of Cicero, they argued at length about a popular Roman maxim from that day: "The republic cannot be governed without injustice" (η δημοκρατία δεν μπορεί να κυβερνά χωρίς αδικία). Laelius is said to have strained every nerve to prove that "nothing is so hurtful to a state as injustice, and ...


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