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How would merfolk society dispose of their dead? And would disposing of the bodies in the ocean have any negative effect on marine life?

Blue Hole In the waters near your island, there is a place where no merfolk dares swim. It is an underwater sinkhole. Legend says that at the bottom dwells the god of death. Any merfolk who attempts ...
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In a world without corpses, why build "burial halls"?

The point of burial halls is not so much for the dead, it is for the living. It's a place where people go to 'visit' the dead, gives them a means of 'talking' to them, and a sense of comfort because ...
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How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?

One day. Few at most. In most modern countries death reports are passed to government agency on daily basis. Clerk responsible for them would be surprised that there are none in his area. He will ...
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How would merfolk society dispose of their dead? And would disposing of the bodies in the ocean have any negative effect on marine life?

Sky Burial (or rather the undersea equivalent) Certain cultures in south Asia have a practice which is termed sky burial. Basically, the dead bodies are taken to a remote location (normally high on ...
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The logistics of corpse disposal

Fantasy solution: The bridge to Heavens is above the pit to Hell. Anyone pushed over just vanish into its bottomless abyss. Just rule out accumulation. Biological solution: Scavengers. Some ...
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How do I keep my remains safe from being summoned as a skeleton?

Set them in concrete Very simple. You dig the grave, place the deceased at the bottom but not in any notable coffin. Instead of pouring in earth you pour in concrete. Expense: Cost of a few dozen ...
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How many years before enough atoms of your body are replaced to survive the sudden disappearance of the original body’s atoms?

Your former projection will be in for a hard time, even if they've faithfully served their summoner for decades. Why? The calcium in bone (and more so teeth, especially the enamel) is relatively ...
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Could a joke be funny enough to kill?

Can people die from laughter? Yes. There is a wikipedia page about this. However, such incidents are far and few between - I found three in the past century, and one of them was exacerbated by a heart ...
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How can resurrecting a person make them evil?

Our entire idea of the afterlife is wrong. Instead of an entire soul going to a good place or a bad place, The soul is sundered and the good and bad portions are split to their prospective realms. ...
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In a world without corpses, why build "burial halls"?

Family tree shrines A variation on themes already visited in other posts, families or clans have a tree where they bring all their dead and dying members, to be absorbed into the same tree. Clan ...
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How do you solve the copied consciousness conundrum without killing anyone?

You use centralized version control The problem is akin to copying computer programs around - you must dissociate the physical substrate from the program. It is complicated by the fact that the ...
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What is the point of introducing puzzles into tomb design if you don't want anyone to disturb whatever hidden?

For three reasons: you build the tomb on the behest of the owner. You still need to add their body and all their possessions to the tomb later! So you want a lock that can be opened to do your job. (...
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Would one atom of antimatter be lethal if annihilated inside the brain?

No. The mass of a proton is about $1.67\times10^{-27}$ kg. Therefore the total maximum energy released by its annihilation with an antiproton is $2mc^2= 2\times1.67\times10^{-27}\times9\times10^{16} = ...
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What would a corpse of a person who drowned in mercury look like?

If they're actually drowned there will be mercury in the lungs, because drowning, in general, is the inhalation of a liquid (though the term is occasionally used, loosely, for inhalation of heavier-...
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Why would people be fearful of the dead?

Contagious infection is the most likely reason such a belief/ fear would arise. Even if the plague was a long time ago, these stories are pervasive and would be passed down through the generations (...
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What danger would a mummy pose if resurrected where they need to cover/protect its body?

It could rule. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesses_II Your nation is a shadow of what it was. Foreigners walk your streets and command your kings. The ancient pharaohs conquered many lands and ...
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Is human meat sustainable as a food? What else could add to a full diet?

No. What you're trying to accomplish is a perpetual motion machine, just with cannibalism. Over the course of their lifetime, a human will consume 50-100 million calories. As noted, their corpse will ...
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The logistics of corpse disposal

how could they dispose of the many corpses? Don't. A giant pile of rotting corpses floating on their own goo may be a nice deterrent against stupid adventurers trying their luck. If the sight doesn'...
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If magic can manipulate memories for inmates on death row, why hasn't capital punishment been abolished?

Because capital punishment is more efficient and no less moral. Assuming you're reverting them back to the state of infancy, wiping someone's memory and personality is fundamentally the same as ...
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Could a joke be funny enough to kill?

There are some issues with this, but let's handwave the deadliness part for now (we'll get there). The first issues you need to deal with is spread: If knowledge of the joke can only be gained by ...
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How does lack of death go unnoticed?

Impossible. I am working on a close earth-analog. History has progressed into a modern-equivalent age. For purposes of the answers, current earth may be assumed. That's your basis and in this world ...
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How could a supreme god give patch notes to reality?

This isn't something that you can leave up to proxies that some might call 'prophets'. Prophets, especially in this day and age of higher education, are often seen as being unreliable charlatans, and ...
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How would merfolk society dispose of their dead? And would disposing of the bodies in the ocean have any negative effect on marine life?

Wouldn't sinking the bodies in waters around the island have negative effects on local marine life? Quite the contrary. While dead organisms release potentially toxic amounts of nitrites and ...
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What is the reason behind the First Iron Law of necromancy, "In order to raise the dead you must be dead yourself"?

You need to make your request in person. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacquesson_de_la_Chevreuse_Orph%C3%A9e_aux_enfers_(2004_1_121).jpg Orpheus wanted his dead love back, and so he went ...
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What is the point of introducing puzzles into tomb design if you don't want anyone to disturb whatever hidden?

To Keep the Looter Occupied While the Poison Takes Effect: The only truly sure way to keep a tomb un-looted is to put no goods in the tomb worth looting, or hide it so well that no one even knows it ...
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How can communication with ancestors be explained without magic?

Alien nanotech solves this simple enough. Strictly speaking "nano" is a misnomer here, maybe "microbots" might be better? In anycase, the pactite is composed of these "very small" alien robots, which ...
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How long would it take a body to decay and the bones to fall to the ground from a tree?

It won't last a week. You are basically providing an ideal environment for normal decay. It takes less than 7 days for insects (mostly maggots) to basically skeletonize a human body (not counting ...
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How many years before enough atoms of your body are replaced to survive the sudden disappearance of the original body’s atoms?

Even if they survived Zeiss Ikon's way, there's not a hope of surviving this: The neurons in the brain don't get replaced over this sort of time period. It is widely understood now that new neurons ...
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The logistics of corpse disposal

Let's do the math. Option 1: Yeet the corpses off a cliff into a simple pile. Average human volume is 0.066m^3. Let's assume they're big people, at 0.1 cubic metres. Let's also assume no reduction in ...
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Why would they use human soldiers over undead ones?

The undead make TERRIBLE soldiers. If you give them commands, they will obey them mechanically, even when it produces disaster. Direct one to bring in water, and it floods the house. Direct one to ...
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