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Impacts of matricentric reproductive laws

Less sex out of marriage, at least for men, You've increased the risk of sex for men so naturally you decreased The amount of men willing to have sex without some sort of social safety net like ...
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Impacts of matricentric reproductive laws

I'm just going to answer the narrow part of your question: What I am tossing back and forth is this: Would the welfare system (government benefits) still exist? Yes. Someone needs to enforce the ...
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Any natural way that a River can "move" by hundreds of kilometers seasonally

The Glacial landscape in the ice age had many peculiarities. The Flat plains before the glaciers hid deep permafrost below the surface. In the summers, which surprisingly could become quite warm, the ...
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Any natural way that a River can "move" by hundreds of kilometers seasonally

Different place every year. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/4463/southeastern-jordan These are dry riverbeds in Jordan. Many are very old. When the rains come, one comes to life or maybe ...
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Any natural way that a River can "move" by hundreds of kilometers seasonally

It doesn't need to be the river that moves, but what is in the river. Nomads are looking for seasonal resources. A river is simply a holder of resources. So, look for seasonal runs of fish, eels, or ...
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Any natural way that a River can "move" by hundreds of kilometers seasonally

A seasonal monsoon. The river is fueled by powerful rainstorms and monsoons which happen in particular locations at particular times of the year. This fills up a massive lake, which slowly discharges ...
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Is it possible for a developed society to practice human sacrifice as a ritual?

Yes, Human Sacrifice in post-neolithic cultures is common The Aztech were culturally advanced and ran on a sustainable religion that embraced human sacrifice in a rather bloody manner. The Maya ...
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Is it possible for a developed society to practice human sacrifice as a ritual?

The development level of a society has nothing to do with whether or not it practices human sacrifice. History is rife with many examples, and in fact, a more "developed" society may be even ...
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Is it possible for a developed society to practice human sacrifice as a ritual?

Moloch: Some cultures would sacrifice their first-born to the gods make them right with the gods. The Romans deplored the Carthaginians for the practice, but the worst sin was that the rich citizens ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Familiarity Everyone is focusing on in-world reasons for horses being so common in fantasy settings, but can we take a minute to think outside the world? Having horses in a fantasy setting gives the ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Probably for the same reason horses were chosen in the real world: Of the animals that can be domesticated, horses arguably make the best mounts. There are something like 150 real-world species of ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Training Some animals are much easier to train than others, and are capable of forming a bond with their trainer or owner. Not so very long ago, there was a guy with a Pet Hippo - that ended up ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

I blame the labor unions. The union representing pegasi has won time schedules that keep pegasus operators from using them as regular mounts. 8 hours of rest after one hour of flight time. Only divine ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Besides all of the reasons stated in the other answers, never understimate the power of personal preference and aesthetics: "The supple muscles under the silky coat, the music of the hooves... ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Would you take a tank, a tractor, or a helicopter to go to McDonald's? No? The same applies here. Giant tigers are awesome for fighting. Rhinos are epic landmowers. Dragons fly you anywhere in no time....
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

The benefits of the horse over fancy beasties fall into three main areas: it's easier to get, easier to maintain, and more broadly useful, even in a world where other options are common enough that ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Magic leaks Depending on how magic works in your world, it may not be a good idea to be near strongly magical beings. You could be creating a world in which mana poisoning is a thing - throwing ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Humans can bond with horses I'm going with a more emotional approach that can be the basis of logical reasons. Humans can have a special bond with horses and it can lead to a lifetime companionship. ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Fantastic mounts have fantastic drawbacks giant yellow chickens: incessant deafening clucking, razor-sharp beak is lightning fast; uncomfortable to ride giant wolves & evolved bears: way too ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

A Horse is Less Expensive Fantasy Mount Getting one isn't easy, or cheap Taming and training takes time and money It has uncommon dietary needs They require custom hardware (saddle, bridle, straps, ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Magical animals require magical food. Magic is very intensive on the body. It requires a lot of fuel to make whatever unnatural body plan work. As such, you need magical food. This food is generally ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Not everyone drives a dragster. To buy bread a beaten up Honda Civic is more than enough. Same for your mounts. Why messing with a monster when a horse is quieter, safer and better manageable.
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

Horses are safer. A reasonably well trained horse (not the "groom killer" type that some macho riders have sometimes preferred due to a delusion that they're stronger or faster than a well-...
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What would modern color wheels look like if the human eye saw fewer/different spectral colors?

Newton didn't dispassionately identify seven colors in the wheel in the manner of a good scientist. He divided the wheel into seven parts because he believed (wrongly) that there was a connection ...
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What would modern color wheels look like if the human eye saw fewer/different spectral colors?

Your Colour Wheel Looks Like This.
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