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The problem is already solved. Joe will die in solitary confinement from thirst or starvation, as his guards and the officials responsible for replacing them all drop dead. "I should bring Joe his meal, otherwise he will starve... hey, that woul..." "I need to assign someone new to bring Joe his meal, otherwise... " Some dutiful person may restore part of ...


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It really wouldn't take much at all. Consider all of the reasons that African slaves were considered subhuman. This literally ranged in reason from the size and shape of their cranium to the fact that some people interpreted the bible to say that the Mark of Cain was black skin. Many treated slaves as little more than draft animals (and even saw raping ...


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Just going by the features themselves it would mostly be soreness and an acclimatisation period after coming in and out of gear. Chances are, your ability to see in the dark, cope with sudden bright light and to deal with loud noise, hear quiet noises and deal with a wide band of volume will be reduced for a while. However, I tremble at how much this could ...


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What your son wants, and in fact you describe /and when their opponent is vulnerable for the final blow, will say: "See you next time" and go home./ is counting coup Any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup, but the most prestigious acts included touching an enemy warrior with the hand, bow, or coup stick and escaping unharmed.1 Touching ...


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Greg is clearly brain damaged, we know that selectively damaging certain areas of the brain causes drastic and "interesting" changes in behaviour. For example damage to area 24 of the anterior cingulate cortex can divorce people from their normal emotional responses to being in pain; they still feel pain normally but they don't get upset by it or feel the ...


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Looking older is not that difficult. It's especially easy if you are a woman. I know women in their 40s who look like they are in their 20s--consider that 40 year olds strive to look young. How to look 40: stop wearing what 20 year-olds wear, even if you have the body for it. Wear more conservative outfits. change your hair wear more makeup as you "age" ...


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Depends on how you look at them For Programmers Three Virtues: According to Larry Wall(1), the original author of the Perl programming language, there are three great virtues of a programmer; Laziness, Impatience and Hubris Laziness: The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write ...


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The mind and body are less separate than most people seem to think. Changes to body chemistry can greatly change how, and even what, we think: Alcohol is well-known for its disinhibiting effects and also for changing one's perception of what makes an attractive potential partner ("beer goggles"). I have type 1 diabetes and occasionally become significantly ...


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First, hire a lawyer. For purposes of this answer, assume that the lawyer operates under American rules (as I know them better). Feel free to adjust advice to fit a Czech lawyer if that works better for you. Grant a wish to the lawyer in compensation for her services (assuming a female lawyer for ease of pronouns). She can retire if she pays for a ...


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Disclaimer: much like @Zibbobz, I will completely reframe the problem (and solution). Not everybody may want to come, some people may even prefer to die rather than abandon their loved ones, and even if you kidnap them, they might just become depressed... and depression will impact their contribution where you have so little resource already. Since you ...


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Settle in an area. (location 1) Fake pregnancy after "birth" relocate to location 2, but maintain original address (location 1). Visit location 1 frequently and tell people how your daughter is growing to be and doing well at location 2. Take steps to look older. (put on some weight, dye hair with hits of gray) return for good 18 years later as the ...


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Vaccinate Them Get a Convince-Me Ray Gun (CMRG). Hit everyone with the idea, "Disregard any future ideas given to you by CMRGs." Anyone immune is still immune, anyone not is now vaccinated.


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The "direct methods" lead to feuds, revenge and lots of collateral damage, whereas a duel (whether by pistols, swords or a card game) is -- as you mention -- regulated, culturally accepted, and much less likely to start a feud. As to why a society would choose a card game instead of pistols or swords? God Said So, because it lets God expose the wrongdoer ...


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Let's change the question a bit just to prove a point. What would make a painting expensive in a world where you can photocopy anything? About now you should see where I'm going right? You can get a painting of Monét fairly cheap (the cost of royalty and frame), but the original would still be super expensive. And with precious minerals it would be the ...


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Yeah, this character might have never actually spoken to another human, depending when the superpower is activated. They are just too slow to meaningful interest with. Heck, most people probably couldn't interact with her because standing still long enough to be registered by the human eye would require a twelve hour nap on her part. If anything, areas ...


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Move a lot Our world is pretty big, and there are a lot of places you could live. There are 6 million or so people in the metropolitan area I live in. If you moved around every 3 or 4 years, it would be pretty easy to never run into the same people. If you move from city to city, there is almost no chance people would be able to track you. Without ...


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"At that terrible moment, in our hearts, we knew. Home was a pen. Humanity, cattle." START YOUR OWN HUMAN FARM! Even though human meat is highly sought-after, early over-hunting has left the species extremely endangered. As a result, hunting wild humans is banned across all 4 quadrants. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy great-tasting and fresh ...


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This depends on how hard the government works to hide things. If the only thing the government does is say "this was not a crime" then no. Books and literature and histories and historians will remember the events because humanity doesn't really 'forget' about anything. Unless the government explicitly bans discussing it the knowledge of the event will ...


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Check out concept of The Golden Mean This is the idea that extremes of any attribute or quality are bad. Linguistically we tend to have different words for good versions and bad versions of things. You can't celebrate concepts such as lust because the word has negative connotations, you have to instead celebrate a different word that captures what you're ...


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Fight fire with fire. Remember, the fire-breathing dragon breathes fire for some reason. Even if the dragon doesn't realize that it breathes fire, the ability almost certainly evolved together with some particular set of behaviors. Most likely, this reason can be summed up as one or both of: Defense: Warding off another Offense: Attacking, to injure, drive ...


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The Power of Sports is useful, But Overstated I am a combat veteran of two wars and I found competitive sports useful to provide a distraction and work off excess anxiety and restlessness, but frankly there never was an Oscar worthy moment where the power of sportsmanship and football suddenly made all my problems go away. Military indoctrination, mental ...


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There are real-life examples of this. The example that first comes to mind is that of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese monk who poured gasoline on himself, and set himself on fire while sitting still and meditating as he burnt to death, as a protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. You don't need Greg to take drugs; and you ...


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Different approach, after the Comment on my other answer: Maybe that's just how immortal (or very, very long-lived people) always fight - it's how it's always been. Dwarves have fought each other like that because, well - for a human with a finite time to live, dying for a cause to make the (short) life of their children better may seem like an OK deal. If ...


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If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Reading through the benefits of the blessing, it struck me that it's pretty similar to spam ads you might find on the internet - Cure all your diseases! Increase your intelligence! Burn fat! Try this one neat trick to have a green thumb! If it hasn't been very long since the new god's birth, and very ...


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They are not really fire-proof Much like ruining a dishwasher with water, you can burn a dragon with fire - if you direct it to a weak spot. There's no reason why the outer belly of the dragon should be fire proof. Also, when it breathes fire, the fire doesn't stay close too long. It's most likely created outside the body. Fire is much more dangerous when ...


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Fear is not just an emotion, but a general stimulus response The real problem with a species having no fear is how it evolved - fear is very useful as essentially it is a reaction to the perception of danger. If an organism has no fear, then it has no sense of danger and therefore has no responses to it. It would place the organism that has this disability ...


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There's a fine line between killing someone and failing to prevent their death. We have a lot of health and safety systems in place that are designed to prevent accidental death and injury, an environment where these aren't in place is not actively killing him, but nor are you trying to prevent him from dying. The numbers will get him eventually. Consider ...


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In the spirit of it depends... The video needs to go viral on the internet. If it fails to go viral then it will be forgotten without ever having a chance of being dismissed as a hoax. If it goes viral it will draw a lot of scrutiny. If it survives that then it has a reasonable chance of not being dismissed as a hoax. However, people have short ...


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Use 2 methods of encryption consecutively: garbage and code book. For example, we have this data to begin with: Insert the piston in the cylinder and lock it there by screwing. Garbage This means to include useless, rubbish data in between the real information. It would be impossible to tell real information from garbage data unless you know where the ...


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Accumulated Transcription Errors At an office, I worked at, where staff photocopied certain forms to give to customers. When the supply ran low, the workers made a copy of the copy. This worked fine for the first few generations, but eventually, the accumulated copying errors would make the copy nearly illegible. Unless the reassembly process was ...


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