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Would a sentient species be able to thrive when mating means the death of the male partner?

This would naturally lead to a decisively asymmetric society. My expectation would be that it would look more like a slavery society, where women have male slaves. Why? Economics. Why take the ...
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I have a superpower that no-one can say "no" to me. How can I get informed consent?

A simple answer would be it is not possible to get informed consent at all for 2 reasons: Consent must be given at the time of the event, not some time before the event. This is especially important ...
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How can I identify potential mates (sex organs) without gender?

This may not translate well to other languages where sex and gender may not be different structures in the same way. You can't Because gender is the social indication of what's in your pants. So by ...
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No one wants to reproduce because it's disgusting, how does the species avoid extinction?

If they find repulsive the act of the intercourse but not the pregnancy, they can massively use in vitro fecundation or artificial insemination, which doesn't need the physical act of mating to ...
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My Medieval kingdom has birth control, why is the population so high?

A Lack of Birth Control Wasn't the Cause of Large Families As one commenter already pointed out, the reason people had large families in the Middle Ages wasn't because they couldn't avoid it; rather, ...
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Stigma of virginity and chastity loophole

There's one that is used in real life. As long as you marry the person and then leave them afterwards, then no sin is committed. Sex tourism and sex trafficking in Iran are increasing. One ...
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Would a sentient species be able to thrive when mating means the death of the male partner?

I think it highly unlikely that a species such as this would develop with equal mental capacity between males and females. Evolution's pretty ruthless, and intelligence has a fairly high energy budget ...
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Stigma of virginity and chastity loophole

Isn't cheating lying about it? Not simply sex or emotional intimacy with another Some people need to form emotional bonds or do "sexual acts" as part of their employment. Actors and sex ...
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How can I identify potential mates (sex organs) without gender?

The question doesn't really make sense to me if you're restricting yourself to two-sex reproduction. If, biologically, this species reproduces sexually via pairing, then almost by definition there has ...
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Diddling an alien, is it even possible?

There are people who feel attracted to all kinds of animals. So someone feeling sexually attracted to a life form from outer space is not that far-fetched. Assuming that there are intelligent aliens ...
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Would humanity go extinct if pleasure ceases?

No. The drive to have a child is one of the strongest ones out there. Not everyone wants a child of course, but a great many people do. We humans may get children via intercourse but that is not ...
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How would interspecies lovers with alien body plans safely engage in physical intimacy?

With clear communication and active consent. I'm going to assume discussion and light contact (eg hugs) just works between species. It sounds like your asking more about the sexual side of intimacy ...
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How could matings between two species produce only female offspring?

Easily. Male blobs/fetuses are fragile. Even in human female moms, under adverse conditions, a miscarriage is more likely with a male embryo than with a female one. Boys are 14% more likely to be ...
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How can I identify potential mates (sex organs) without gender?

How do individuals on this world efficiently identify potential mates? For an "efficient" identification there ought to be some outward difference between sexes. This difference might not lie within ...
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Is it biologically possible for one species to need another species to reproduce?

There are species that require another species to reproduce. For example spider wasps. These depend on spiders. They paralyse the spider and plant eggs in its body. Then there are cuckoos, they ...
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Marriage and divorce in the future

Coming from a young marriage, a religion that places great emphasis on family life, and a wonderful TED talk, I believe that the evidence for monogamy and marriage may be strengthened with longer life ...
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I have a superpower that no-one can say "no" to me. How can I get informed consent?

They don't want to become the world's worst serial rapist. They have a sex drive, but want their partners to consent to sexual activities. How can someone with this superpower ever hope to get ...
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Can selective breeding maximize human intelligence without major complications?

No the society would be doomed to corruption and scientific stagnation. This has been tried multiple times and the results are always the same, it becomes an autocracy of the test writers. Your system ...
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I have a superpower that no-one can say "no" to me. How can I get informed consent?

It resolves itself The user finds out, and wants people to truly want it. So they have sex only when they consent.
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Would a sentient species be able to thrive when mating means the death of the male partner?

You'd get significant sexual dimorphism. Firstly, there's no reason for the males to be intelligent, there's no apparent advantage to it. It's a lot of energy to burn for such a short lifespan. I'd ...
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How could matings between two species produce only female offspring?

This could happen if male offspring weren't viable. In Earth animals, you see similar behavior in cross breeds between animals like lions and tigers, in which all male offspring are infertile. Certain ...
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How can I identify potential mates (sex organs) without gender?

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.... On your world, there is a system of matchmakers who take care of tracking and matching appropriate partners. This may be government-run (with access to ...
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Would a sentient species be able to thrive when mating means the death of the male partner?

A species could easily exist like this, provided they had some more unique biology. For example, the female of the species could have the ability to store the sperm from the union for an extended ...
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How would a lunar cycle of 18-19 days affect women's menstrual cycle?

It wouldn't affect it in the slighest. THe processes aren't linked in any way. They just happen to have roughly the same length. The moon getting closer would have plenty of effects but non directly ...
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Synthesis of Organic Life by a Machine

Your question appears to be “given the ability to do X, can an intelligent agent do X?” I’d say the answer is, “Yes.” As you say, it has “everything it needs.”
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My Medieval kingdom has birth control, why is the population so high?

You've missed the other great factor in plunging birth rates, and that is the death rates. If birth rates were the only factor, why did overall population growth remain flat or very low throughout ...
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Could a unicorn species have the horn as its male genital?

There are all kinds of ways to have sex in the animal kingdom. Spiders, for example, don't have intromissive sex, but instead the males deposit some sperm on a pedipalp and then post it into the ...
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No one wants to reproduce because it's disgusting, how does the species avoid extinction?

Connect political power to having a family In our world politicians need to have a family with a few kids to get anywhere. Have the government connect positions of any real power with having a family. ...
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Can selective breeding maximize human intelligence without major complications?

No... But for a different reason then what anyone else has suggested. This will lead to a lot of dead babies. And other serious problems... But not interestingly enough because of inbreeding or ...
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How could an organism chemically need sex?

Female ferrets If you don't spay them early then female ferrets must mate every time they come into heat or they die. Unless they are going to be used for breeding purposes, female ferrets will go ...
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