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Forget high school, it's Battle Royale! Your race gets smarter from threatening situations. As they get smarter, their threat-assesment gets better, preventing them from weekly horror movie sessions to become a genius. This naturally limits the increase in intelligence for the vast majority of the race. If you know 99.9% of people survive some artificial ...


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They would initially have a much higher mortality. When in the fright/flight/freeze state humans have evolved to go to a lower state of consciousness. This state lets us bypass much of our brains, letting us come up with a solution much faster and then act on it. The phrase "I never thought as fast in my life" is tightly bound to this. The "...


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Some in that race will intentionally self-panic. I believe I would. Would you (the reader, a normal human) rather be "Dumb and Happy" or "Smart and Petrified"? This choice is not obvious and people pick their own choice for their own reasons. Now if "smart and petrified" made you actually smarter? For me at least the choice is ...


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Evolution by Drama: Despite the fact your species doesn't like being threatened, no evolution is an island. Your species is CAPABLE of being smarter. The real question is, WHY is this only triggered by stress? If intelligence is an unmitigated benefit, then the daily stresses of life would eventually trigger intelligence, and everyone in their society would ...


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Dunbar Number One of the interesting psychological and social implications of increased intelligence is Dunbar Number. Dunbar Number is often described as increased trust. I think it’s more appropriate to say you “get” a larger number of people— understanding their point of view provided only the broadest strokes of their background. The big difference ...


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Absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. We currently do not have definitive proof that Life exists apart from our biosphere, but we're still looking. There are multitudes of attitudes about that search, whether its worth investing in, whether or not we're investing enough. I don't think we'll give up the search entirely, even if prospects look ...


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God wills it Religion is going to get a major boost in this scenario. Why else would there be an entire Universe for just us humans if not for "Deus vult?" Why all the empty space? We become the aliens After a few centuries or millennia of expanding across the Universe and establishing colonies, humans will naturally begin to evolve and mutate to ...


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Aliens whose analogue of the brain evolved from the retina of the eye. Those. more and more processing of the incoming signal, more and more "neurons", more and more information quality for completely independent "automatic" systems throughout the body. So it turns out that the brain will give other systems not instructions, but well-...


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Creatures that evolved in a highly advanced zoo Planet Howaida never evolved life of its own; eons ago it was a barren wasteland that the Arashians settled and turned into a giant park for the study of lifeforms of all kinds, without the need for galactic travel. It was divided into hundreds of thousands of compartments, built so that each can simulate the ...


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I don't think you mentioned at what range this link can be maintained between two individuals, but if it operates at fairly significant distances, say up to a couple km or miles, here are some extra advantages. Foraging Both individuals can split up and search for food more effectively, such as within a forest. If one of them finds something tasty and worth ...


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Activities/tasks that would benefit from mind melding Figuring out what your wife/girlfriend/both actually mean, and actually want.


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If the neural link allows one side to rationally perceive the others thoughts/feelings/perceptions about the task without mixing them with their own, that would be extremely valuable in a couple of professions: Teaching/Tutoring For teaching it would allow the teacher to observe exactly what a student does and doesn't understand. Additionally allowing the to ...


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This would significantly benefit any profession that requires time critical tasks in collaboration, as these professions are where time taken to communicate really matters. The main question is if you can link more than 2 people, as in many professions being limited to 2 people would be a serious limitation. Ignoring combat professions as related in pacific ...


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Sex Being able to experience your sexual partner's perspective would be a fine addition to a consensual sex act. In such a scenario, ideally each partner is interested in the experience of the other and is paying close attention. Mind meld would make this much easier and allow both partners to take actions that maximize the chance of a pleasurable intimate ...


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Almost everything will see some benefit. Firstly any project large enough to be divided between multiple people will see an improvement with 2 people mentally connected, as no work will be duplicated, and no time will be wasted communicating with each other. They will be slightly better software engineers than 2 equivalently skilled unlinked engineers, and ...


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I find the idea really fun honestly. Round one: kid skull VS falling pulley or how to ensure nobody leaves This part is not necessarily fully tied to psychology but it is an important point for the feasibility of your society. Being a crewman on a ship was dangerous even for experienced marineer: illness, poor quality food, general danger of the open sea you ...


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Autism is a spectrum, just like "normal" humans are on a different spectrum of intelligence and capabilities on all fronts. This means that not all high-functioning autists actually have a complete lack of social capabilities. Autists can learn social interactions. In fact female autists are so bombarded with so many social cues that the normal-...


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