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What would happen in a world without hypothetical situations?
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It really depends on where the line is drawn exactly. If I work with what I consider to be hypothetical thought-processes, humans never survive. Anytime you think about doing something before doing ...

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Would people develop spoken language if everyone was telepathic?
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Assuming telepathy is a better version of speaking, and there are no disadvantages in comparison, (Range is non-issue, clarity is same or better, ability to control how much others hear, or, just a ...

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How to build a city surrounded by giant spiders?
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They approached the fabled city surrounded by spiders, the boat rocking slightly on the massive river. Luckily, the river was wide enough where trees were not a worry, they only spanned a very short ...

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What to invest in when money and the economy vanish
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If the person in question doesn't have any moral qualms, he may wish to invest in guns or other items which allow people to have more power than other average citizens after taking away society's ...

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Wooden sticks are the only allowed weapons in a technological society - how far would these weapons have progressed by now?
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Since you mention that water, and air, are okay with the designs of the weapon - Compressed Air could be a major source of energy for most weapons. You would essentially have "guns" - but it would ...

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Culturally Correct Myth Design
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A good myth is going to focus around a common question that your culture will ask, or will have difficulty with. It will provide guidance and explanation in the form of symbolism and important ...

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How would a war between immortals be fought?
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If a full war were to be waged, I would imagine it would go on for quite some time, until one side is eventually capable of imprisoning most of the other side, as @Lohoris suggests. However, after ...

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How to equal the zombie threat
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If you have several types of zombies, perhaps your zombies have different levels of intelligence. "Fast zombies" are completely stupid - they see food, they respond by running straight to it. They ...

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Is a Reflecting-Oven-Jay actually feasible?
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Another idea lacking on information about how feasible it is. Imagine if the birds had tails like a peacock branching behind them. Except less wispy, more reflective. You could make them ground ...

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Realistic Santa and Reindeer
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Disclaimer: Depending on your views on supernatural entities such as ghosts and spirits, the first portion of this answer may not qualify for a "realistic" Santa. Santa is real. Have you not felt his ...

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Why would robots move us around if we don't want to go anywhere?
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It could just be a result of efficiency. Is it more efficient to stockpile food/nutrient shots in one location and have every person's cube drive by it occasionally or would it be more efficient to ...

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Common transhuman enhancements
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Things that would benefit any living person: Memory upgrade / software - pretty much anything that is available that increases the brains capacity for recall, storage, analytical speed, visual ...

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Power plants — literally
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Just some stats, hopefully my math is correct, please inform me if its not (a very real possibility) In 2013, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,...

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How inhuman can a human be?
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What is considered Human is a scientific or philosophical question. I am going to argue that in the context of WorldBuilding, the philosophical answer is going to have more influence for the world ...

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How could humans recognize another species as sentient / intelligent?
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From the wikipedia page on "Animal consciousness" In 2004, eight neuroscientists felt it was still too soon for a definition. They wrote an apology in "Human Brain Function":[38] "We have no ...

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Evolution of aggression
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Showing aggression in all the cases you've listed as examples consists of "showing what you've got" to hurt the agitator. Dog: "I will use these teeth on you" Cat: "I will use these teeth, and these ...

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Wooden sticks are the only allowed weapons in a technological society - how far would these weapons have progressed by now?
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Wooden Airplanes - Take a look at the Spruce Goose, which is actually primarily birch. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of ...

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What would the social implications of the creation of humanoid races be?
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There is one thing that a lot of your questions depend on, and that is: how intelligent is the Neanderthal? Is it more intelligent than a chimp, but still an "animal" in terms of understanding complex ...

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In a world with common magic, which would you use for physical labor: a human, or a horse?
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In a comment I asked: "animals that can be trained to accept spells are rare." - I think this point is easy to misinterpret in a variety of ways. For instance, is it the type of animal that can be ...

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How can I liquefy my enemies?
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The best chemical I could find for the job comes from an answer on Chemistry.SE by @KeithS (emphasis mine) The standard body-dissolving chemical is lye aka sodium hydroxide. The main source is ...

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How likely would a zombie apocalypse be to wipe out civilization in medieval England?
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It only takes one person to make it inside a city to spread the disease easily. The success of quarantine will require that they realize how long it takes until the vomiting starts, and take extreme ...

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How do I encourage fully armored knights to carry a shield
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In general, make the shield either better at protecting the user, or improve its adaptability. By adaptability, I mean make it able to do something important that armor cannot do. I've mostly been ...

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Anatomically Correct Khajiit
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While very informative (and hilarious), I don't think the current answers approach the question in the best manner. They seem to be trying to take a cat and transform it into being human-like, while ...

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What would an isolated undead community look like?
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They are members of the group who ruled over men with the help of the dragons. They were overthrown, the dragons were killed, and the dragon leader disappeared They believe the dragon leader will ...

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Industrial Space Vehicle Naming - How to generate realistic names?
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Determine the focus of the vehicle - what its purpose is For a mining ship, it might just be the general concept of "Mining" - but there could also be more specialized vehicles. Think Heavy Equipment ...

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Effects of one person needing less sleep?
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There are three kinds of sleep: light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep. Important physiological functions happen in all three – there is no wasted junk sleep in a healthy night’s sleep. Most middle-...

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Could humans survive if they always had the psychological effects of alcohol and if so, how different would they be?
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Just my own musing on each symptom: Lack of Reasoning Alcohol doesn't prevent reasoning, but it does cause it to be much slower and be prone to mistakes. Our ancient ancestors most important use for ...

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What would the fortifications of an underwater city look like?
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What I naturally think of is to build the city into a coral or rock wall, the same as if humans build their city onto, or into, a mountain side. If possible, build it into a wall as close to the ...

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What is the smallest sentient being possible?
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I've moved the summary to the top, read the whole thing to see my reasoning (or lack there-of) ;) How small can a creature evolve and become sentient? Unknown for sure. I would guess about an inch ...

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How might one "recycle" your world leaders?
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How important is explaining your mechanic of using a leader out of his normal lifespan? This doesn't seem to affect the play of your game itself - you already know how you'd like it to work. I think ...

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