Nicol Bolas
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Magic is irrational and anti-authority - Can this work as I expect?
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Here's the problem. So you have these "irrational" people who can do magical effects. Sooner or later, someone who isn't "irrational" is going to find someone who can do something potentially useful ...

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In a war where both sides have time travel would the nuclear MAD apply?
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MAD happened with nukes because both sides could see a first strike coming with enough time to launch a second strike before the first strike hits. For time travel to have any MAD restrictions, you ...

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If clock and calendar was reinvented with today's knowledge, what could they look like?
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11 votes

The current date/time system is based on applying arbitrary numbers to important physical constructs: day, moon-th, and year. Month is the odd one, because you cannot divide a year into moon cycles ...

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Is there a technological difference between going half light speed and near light speed?
10 votes

What percent of the speed of light you go is not really a function of how "advanced" you are. So long as you have reaction mass for thrust (or whatever your particular method of acceleration is), you ...

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A form of MAD that doesn't involve a huge amount of nuclear readiness?
8 votes

MAD existed because of a combination of two factors: The weapons of annihilation can be deployed with little chance for your enemy to stop you once you have committed your weapons. There is a delay ...

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How would intelligent AI in virtual reality discover machine code?
4 votes

Oh, that's easy. Every simulation has bugs in it. For example, it is possible for a machine using an actual SNES pad to reprogram Super Mario World to become Pong. Or even transform it into a Mario ...

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What's the common mindset of worldbuilders?
4 votes

I can't speak to world builders in particular, but I do know of a particular fictional universe of world builders: Myst. And I'm highly disappointed that this question has been here a year and nobody ...

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Regulating Love Potions
3 votes

Outside of making the potion work this way by definition (aka: magic or whatever), what you want is impossible. So long as the potion is able to do its job sans-consent, then it will be used that way. ...

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Can a weapon choose its worthy wielder without magic?
2 votes

The thing about science is that you can always fool it. You want the unworthy to be unable to wield it, and you want the weapon to be unwieldable (properly) without being linked. That is more or less ...

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Safely inventing in the past?
1 votes

Also assume that you are a near-genius level of intellect and you have great knowledge mostly in maths and physics. Then you're boned. The most useful knowledge you would need to survive and thrive ...

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Using Laser Fence to Mis-direct Bullets
1 votes

If you're talking about real lasers, light doesn't really have sufficient mass to redirect such a small object, particularly a fast-moving one before it actually hits you. Sure, light can move objects ...

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What should a modern human-turned-king do to accelerate medieval society and science to modern standards?
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Being King does not make you God, despite what Kings try to say. The King's word is not law because it's the King's word. It only becomes law because other people with power like it and/or are willing ...

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