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Why do supervillains feel compelled to tell heroes their plans?

Because it feels so good Gloating, when you get down to it, is really the ultimate display of superiority. It's essentially telling the hero 'I'm so confident in my plan that I can tell you all of it ...
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How to Kill the Thought-Crime Killer

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 ...
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Could aliens colonize Earth without realizing humans are people too?

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 ...
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Why do supervillains feel compelled to tell heroes their plans?

Something Vimes had learned as a young guard drifted up from memory. If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell ...
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Why do supervillains feel compelled to tell heroes their plans?

As Gul Dukat says, "A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness." How are they supposed to ...
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How would prolonged use of augmented-reality combat gear affect soldiers?

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 ...
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Ensuring an endless war, and an endless stalemate

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 ...
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How does a religion based around destroying the world attract followers

There are lots of religions and cults that already involve the world being ended by the central deity. Most familiarly to many readers, Christianity. It's a core aspect of Christian belief that God ...
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Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

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 ...
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How to conceal my immortality without hiding for a hundred years?

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 ...
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How can changes in personality/values of a person who turned into a vampire be explained?

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 ...
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Why do dragons like shiny stuff?

Maybe they could have mating rituals like bowerbirds, in which the males, as part of their courtship display, strive to create visually interesting displays outside their bower (the hut-like structure ...
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Why can't immortals use the "make humans ignore this" symbol as an invisibility cloak?

Humans cannot ignore the elephant in the room Instead of an actual "elephant" it is somebody wrapped in a sheet. It is just too conspicuous. The symbol works on smaller items because they ...
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Seven Deadly Sins As Virtues?

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; ...
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What would convince people to solve disputes with a deadly card game?

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 ...
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On a Speedster's perception of time and ability to function in civilian life

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 ...
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Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

Because they don't want to turn into a dragon. Dragons are created when a group of about 800+ goblins get together in a single community. After a few years of that, something happens, and all the ...
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Why do supervillains feel compelled to tell heroes their plans?

Everyone, Deep Down, Believes they are the Good Guy: Good people want others to acknowledge that they are good, right? Well, if you don't understand why I've rigged these children to a bomb, then I ...
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How can psychic truffles keep humans from eating them?

Frame challenge: If you don't care about individual lives (which, since you apparently want to be eaten by animals, you don't), making humans want to eat you is the single most effective way to ...
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How to conceal my immortality without hiding for a hundred years?

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 ...
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Why would an AI only give limited information to humans?

Because! Because, I am the parent. Every parent has said that (or wished they had). Children are not rational beings. The parent should be able to anticipate the future better than the child. It ...
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Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?

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 ...
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Seven Deadly Sins As Virtues?

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. ...
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Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

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 ...
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Ensuring an endless war, and an endless stalemate

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 ...
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Are competitive sports an effective way to change my Spartiates' life perspective?

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 ...
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Why do supervillains feel compelled to tell heroes their plans?

You wanted Insane Troll Logic, so here it is. Heroes are good right? and good people like to correct other peoples mistakes, therefore, if you tell your hero your plan and there's anything wrong with ...
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Could a predatory semi-sentient species survive, in the long run, without the emotion of fear?

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 ...
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