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Sex Bots Firstly there is nothing that will make all humans sign up to extinction. Humans can't agree on anything 100% be it extinction or the best flavor of ice cream. You can't get everyone to agree on anything. That said, imagine living with the perfect man/woman. They listen to you, care about you, care for you and the sex is mind blowing. The only ...


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Not without majorly altering the monkeys to the point where they aren't monkeys anymore and its a new subspecies. They aren't smart enough. The expression 'Monkey see, monkey do' comes to mind - they can be trained, yes. They can be trained to do things. But there's no way for them to go 'Planet of the Apes' on us. Thankfully.


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One of the primary reasons why we are driven to reproduce is our own mortality. It is an innate reality that we all die, and that the only way to achieve some form of immortality is to pass our genes on to the next generation. We can discuss all the human instinctive drives et al, but they are all based on the idea that the human condition ultimately ends in ...


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Eternal Youth + High cost of living Sure I might want kids some day, but at the moment I'm still paying off 300 years of student debt, maybe next millennium we will start a family.


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In a period as short of 50 years the language is not going to deviate significantly in its structure, especially since you're dealing with a literate population. Widespread literacy will tend to lock in major aspects of the language. There are real-world examples of this; French Canadian became essentially isolated from Metropolitan French following the ...


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japan do that and most south east asian country also train monkey for certain activity, from picking coconut or other fruit to street circuss to act like human like riding bicycle,smoking, even as drug cartel, etc. i dont know about japan but the training that i know though..... is pretty much would make animal lovers like PETA mad because it choke the ...


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This is "Engineering 101". For a system, we have regular working conditions, and extreme working conditions. We can safely lift 100 lbs on a rope, or lift 200 lbs, but unsafely. To safely lift 200 lbs, we need a different, stronger rope. Then, for this stronger rope, 300 lbs would be an extreme weight, which can be lifted, but unsafely. We can't construct a ...


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In short: no. Having an ability to shoot fire just means the battle line can advance 3 or 4 times with fire over the course of the battle. This could be used to try to break lines, or protect friendlies in the heat of battle, but probably wouldn't be the main source of inflicting damage. When the soldiers ran out of their 4 charges of fire, the fight would ...


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A scientific article from the US National Institutes of Health titled The pathophysiological basis and consequences of fever gives a good review. From the abstract: Where heat generation exceeds heat loss and the core temperature rises above that set by the hypothalamus, a combination of cellular, local, organ-specific, and systemic effects occurs and ...


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You can train apes to do human jobs, but I doubt it would be worth the trouble. Apes can understand the concept of work and payment, but their ability to grasp complex tasks is, on average, much lower than that of humans. They can also be moody, prone to distraction, and have their own personality traits that differ significantly from those of typical ...


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I think you've already asnwered the question yourself when you wrote: "These contestants would be chosen from undesirables such as criminals, convicts, orphans, liberals (LOL!), etc; the typical dregs of society that produce nothing of value and wouldnt be missed. The country supports the death penalty, from which most of the contestants will be chosen for." ...


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Hemoglobin is well integrated into the organism. Swapping in foreign stuff would cause the organism to crash. There are lots of aspects of the organism that depend on the structure of hemoglobin. How it is carried in the red cell. Iron metabolism. Copper metabolism. Handling degradation products. Oxygen affinity. Really a bucketload of integral ...


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Drugs, and lots of it! If you take sex drive and the will to have children as given and inalienable human, you see that extinction is very unlikely with the boundaries you have set. We are, after all, creatures with the will to survive, not only as individuals, but also as a species. And we are very, very good at surviving (maybe too good). So how do you ...


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Double the size and your human has eight times the weight but only four times the muscle strength and bone thickness to support it. They might be able to, move, except that they're only getting half as much oxygen per pound, so they'd be gasping to survive. Go up to ten times and you die quicker, collapsing and suffocating under your own weight rather ...


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You can't. Sorry, but it's the truth. There's a reason that those normal inhibitions are in place and that's because straining your muscles like that on a consistant basis is dangerous bordering on near suicidal. It's a nice story that we have secret, hidden potential hidden and locked by our brain. But that's not the truth. The truth is that he use 100% of ...


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The target dies painfully, unless it's an incredibly obese person. If it's an obese person, they're still in an incredible amount of pain, but might not die. Things expanding within a person's stomach falls under the category of 'things you never want happening to you'. I'm also assuming this is a 'matter of seconds' thing and not 'matter of hours' because ...


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As Willk said, hemoglobin is a very widespread protein and just "swapping it out" in humans (or other vertebrates) is pretty much impossible, without turning your test subject into something that is most definitely not whatever you started out with. If you want to handwavium the fact that vertebrates have been using hemoglobin for the past X million years, ...


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We can look at when battle lines became obsolete: WWI. Before WWI we had muskets, capable of defeating most types of armor and fired in volleys. They still used battle lines despite a single volley potentially taking out dozens of soldiers, and these people could fire many more than 4 per day. Admittedly they couldnt do it in a second long burst, but it ...


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You indicate that properly prepared shields can be used to ward off the fire attack without being too badly damaged. However, shields are only really useful in one direction at a time - if someone can come at you from an angle and get around your shield, it's worthless. On the other hand, if you form a battle line, you can make it more difficult to outflank ...


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Mind Control Humans reproduce even when we don't want to. We have ideologies based around reproduction. We have biological drives so strong they can cause reproduction-obsessed mental issues. In short, there is nothing that could cause the human race to cheerfully give it up without messing around in our heads to one degree or another. You'd have to ...


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All you need to do is evolve your new blood sport from the ones that already draw millions of viewers. Boxing. Two players (used to be two men, but women box now, too) go into a ring to try to batter one another senseless. Do this on the street or in a bar, you get arrested and might well wind up in prison; do it in a ring, and you might become a folk ...


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I suspect that no desensitization is actually necessary to make this event a big hit. Sensationalism sells. The controversy alone would already make it a big hit. Social norms might cause an outcry (among some circles) when the sport is first introduced, but if the government persists and continues to broadcast it season after season, these taboos will ...


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Media, increase violence in media. Including movies, video games, books, and music. Create a social structure that believes violence is normal and okay. To desensitize people they have to get used to seeing it, make it normal. This may make them more violent, but in turn this would give you more people for your 'games'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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You can name it anything you want. You're talking about hundreds of years in the future. Humans and/or aliens might use any kind of word they want to refer to centuries-old music. It really is up to you, the author and builder of your world. However, if the music has survived, then it is possible the old labels or designations will have survived as well. ...


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To figure out how to get humans to voluntarily stop, you first need to know why humans reproduce. Some of the reasons off the top of my head: Sex is fun (= body produces drugging hormone cocktail to ensure humans do it as often as possible to make the race survive) Babies are cute and lovable and yes, there are people who love children and love working with ...


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They have syphilis. Chronic infection can cause chronic fever. Of the chronic diseases that cause fever, the big three are malaria, tuberculosis and syphilis. https://jramc.bmj.com/content/jramc/85/3/117.full.pdf Notes on the Significance of Fever in Syphilis with a Reference to Hypopyrexia" fever...may be accompanied by various symptoms including ...


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I think you are biased against No-nosers while it would be the Blackendwaiters who are in the serious disadvantage. Not being able to recognise colors means eating a lot of wrong things during "Hunter-gatherer" stage or even at scavenging. What worse is that it stop the ability to gather and share/pass knowledge about dangerous food items. You cannot make ...


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On one hand, (1) there shouldn't be much change; but on the other hand we are speaking about (2) a small community, and specifically a small community (3) speaking Esperanto. For a normal language, there shouldn't be all that much change. Realistically, for a reasonably sized community speaking a normal language all that one could realistically expect in ...


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Have you tried Kickstarter? With a good enough pitch you might be able to raise funds for a lethal zombie-creating bioweapon or a black hole generator or a beacon to signal hostile aliens.


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Not all old music is classical. "Classical music" in traditional sense applies to the music in classical Western tradition. There is no firm criteria, but classical music usually performed by the instruments of symphonic orchestra with strict adherence to musical sheet. We can not tell how this definition would stand in 500 years, and there is no copyright ...


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