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Bones, Sinews, leather and Glue. No matter what the creature, if it's large, you can make use of it. Megafauna means big. There is a lot of material there, even if you aren't gonna eat it. So the bones. Long bones will provide a building material of various uses, be it a tent support, a handle for a club or axe, or you could use the ribs to make armor. ...


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I wasn't sure about making this an answer, but @Alexander convinced me. Your AI may be hyper-intelligent, but it lacks the creativity to construct an entire civilizational structure from scratch. So it models its "perfect empire" on human societies, with the necessary changes to make it "perfect" as per the AI's judgement, but the final result retains some ...


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Maybe for the same reason that humans have emotions: we require them in order to be able to make decisions. I recently read an article on this, though I can't remember where. Researchers conducted a study on emotionally-impaired people, as compared against a control group of "normal" people. The point was to determine the role of emotions in decision-making. ...


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So why would people want to hunt animals that they can’t use for food, and don’t have pretty furs or ivory? As long as an animal is seen as a menace, it will be hunted down. And, well, all animals defend their territory if needed. You don't eat a bear, but if you wander around its cubs be sure it will pat you in the face hard with his cute "little" paws. ...


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force their dessicated corpse to move through sheer force of will. What if they were cremated? What if they were eaten by predators or scavengers, and their component molecules are now various distributed around a bunch of animals, plants, and some slightly-more-fertile-than-its-surroundings patch of soil? Will there be poop-revenants? They only return ...


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Say goodbye to government If these things can't be killed by any means, say goodbye to any form of organized of government, ever. You can't be in charge of a large government without making people hate you with a passion, so that means anyone with power can last about a few weeks before some revenant goes after the poor sap. (And if you doubt the truth of ...


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Virginity and sterility are required to circumvent the barrier. In The Fionavar Tapestry, the Universe is a tapestry, and each being - as well as their actions - are threads in the tapestry. The evil one in that series, Rakoth Maugrim, gathers many of his powers from being outside the tapestry, to the extent that A similar concept exists in Life-Line, by ...


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Mass control through emotional manipulation. Robot citizens are given emotions so the hyper-intelligent AI can manipulate those emotions in an effort to maintain control of the populace. If the robot citizens have high enough intelligence they could begin questioning the AI Overlord. The addition of emotions — if those emotions are tightly controlled ...


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With any animal, there's more than just meat and furs, here is a list of uses of general animals Food Clothing Work/Transport Science Medicine Hunting Pets Sport Art Many of these are removed by your conditions, Furs can still be used even if they do not look very nice Medicine - Not 100% sure how this applies, guess it depends on the type of animal. ...


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To Evolve Without emotions, every robot would think in the same logical way. By adding emotions, it adds a randomness factor so the society is no longer predictable. Some are self serving, some outgoing, some hard working, other generous. If disaster befalls certain traits will come forth and in good times others. Over time, the best features to survive ...


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Reputation. If the creature is dangerous, killing it might accomplish something valuable to an individual in the community, for example marking the moment a child becomes an adult, or to be considered a fully fledged hunter.


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Ecological succession. The Herd rules this world. Where the herd has passed, nothing remains. Thorns and toxins which dissuade lesser herbivores are eaten with disregard. Trees are uprooted and bark stripped. Roots are pulled from the ground. The earth is torn and trampled. The Herd is like a fire, travelling a destructive and voracious circuit around ...


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Purity is needed to trick the barrier an ancient barrier that prevents gods from crossing over The barrier somehow detects intrusions from gods. Whatever the method for this is, it retaliates if foreign essence is detected in the world. So, a fast entry will be detected but a slow and steady one can bypass the barrier. Purity is needed because the more "...


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Narly is a being of chaos and corruption. So it stands to reason that a vessel to contain his "seed" should be as close to incorruptible as possible. An "impure" person or fifty might have been tried in the past by the Cult of Narly. But these worshippers quickly succumbed to the immense corrupting influence of the tiny sliver of Nyarlathotep needed to ...


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A world overrun by the dead Your rules provide for a number of ways to create a revenant that will effectively never rest. More of them will be created all the time. An ever-increasing tide of revenants slowly but inexorably chokes the life out of Mankind. You should probably close these loopholes. Loophole: a revenant can't kill a dead person If I am ...


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Loyal robot citizens Emotion is, for humans, a crucial factor in making decisions. Logic may help assess alternatives, but decisions are made as a result of emotions. This has been proved medically - people with brain damage who are unable to feel emotions are practically incapable of making even the smallest decisions. If the robots do not have emotions ...


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To be frank about it, you have already answered your own question... (kind of like vampires I guess) The material facts are EXACTLY like vampires for the purposes of your question. They go after animals and humans - whether it is to drink their blood or eat them directly doesn't have any real impact on the threat assessment they represent. The fact that ...


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They mistake it for some other food or something "A human civilization, civilization X, decides that food Y is not fit for consumption" Long ago when these groups of people came to settle the land they saw a fruit or whatever. This fruit looks very similar to the fruit of their old homeland that is poisonous. They decide not to eat it. As time goes on ...


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Stars disappearing would be horrifying First, let's clear some stuff up. Starlight isn't exactly essential, and it's also a good deal less useful than moonlight. Also, somewhat humorously, a great deal of non-lunar light in the night sky is provided by planets (Mar, Venus, Jupiter, etc.). Not much of an impact there. It wouldn't be great for civilization, ...


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"devoted to the overlord as a child would be devoted to their parent." A major part of why children are so devoted to their parents is because they have an emotional attachment thereto. Knowing this, your AI ("Skynet") included an emotional connection to it in its robots ("Terminators"). This single-minded love made the "Terminators" absolutely devoted to "...


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Intelligent Robots either need emotions, or something very similar, to work. You present it as an "either/or" situation (algorithm or emotions) when it really is not. Any thinking mind that encounters a problem or decision needs to choose a course of action. In humans, and animals, this decision making consists of two parts (1) the conscious part that ...


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It sounds to me like one's best bet to deal with a revenant (assuming you're a target and don't wish to be) would be to contain it. Place the revenant in some situation that it cannot escape-- at least, not until the person who they want to kill is already long gone from natural causes. To that end, I'd imagine that you have people who would establish ...


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In the early days these night creatures might well be a deadly menace, but assuming a village society is able to keep them out at night the creatures are ultimately doomed. The story would be vaguely similar to that of the wolf. Wolves have generally been pushed further and further back by the advance of civilization and these creatures would be no ...


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The big one you're missing is the concept of a scale; a regular progressive sequence of tones that is the foundation of melody and chord structure within the culture's music. Even within what we consider the "Western" system of music theory, the proliferation of scale definitions and qualities allow for myriad variations to evoke different regional cultural ...


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Competition If the megafauna eats plants that (much more tasty) domesticated herbivores eat, then it's a safe bet that the megafauna will be either driven off the land or killed.


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TL;DR: The materials in their bodies are great for uses other than consumption. Here are their uses: Furniture. Due to their size, they will by necessity have large bones. The size of the bones would make them useful for making furniture. Weaponry. The abundance of useful bones will also make it really easy to make bone clubs and hammers. These will ...


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Anthropologically speaking, when humans have come across an animal that had no useful purpose to us, and that was a threat to us in some way, directly or indirectly, we have hunted that animal to extinction if at all possible. It's what we do. One has only to look at the British Isles for proof of that; bears, wolves and large cats were all extinct on the ...


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Something else eats the plant, and that thing is revered. For example, suppose the people revered a giant bird because it eats rats and thus keeps away plague. If that bird also devours large quantities of the plant during mating season, the plant might become taboo because it is reserved for the bird. Whatever the reason that the people care about the ...


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Since this question is about cultural changes, let's assume that the long term effects are minimal. People quickly figure out not to piss anybody off too strongly. Since most people don't anyway (I expect even 200 years ago, most people didn't die with hugely strong grievances), the only people truly affected are the famous and the powerful. If you're famous ...


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It would depend on how long this revenant phenomenon has been around. If it has been that way since prehistoric times, humanity and civilization would have evolved quite differently. Ancient cultures started as hunter-gatherer societies and were much more community-focused. There would be strong cultural practices surrounding Making sure everyone knows how ...


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