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Alternatives to "humanoid" as a category in fantasy?
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what would an academically inclined elf name the set of two-armed, two-legged individualistic-but-also-social creatures to which they themselves also belong? Surely some of his kin would take offense ...

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How far back in time would English be understandable to a modern speaker?
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Well, there's a lot of dialects of English today (such as in parts of Britain and Australia, and "street" slangs common in many urban areas) that are unintelligible to the bulk of anglophones. It ...

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How far back in time would Maths be understandable to a modern mathematician?
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Serious scholars of mathematics tend to be educated in the history of mathematics and mathematical notation as well. As such, the question is complicated by the fact that the time traveling ...

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Can plants survive without animals?
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Without kingdom animalia you would still have kingdom fungi as well as domains prokaryota and archeae. These are all perfectly capable of respiration (in fact plants themselves can do it too) and ...

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Would time travelling to the present be lethal to a person from the 1200s?
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He should take her to the doctor to get the standard vaccinations everyone gets. These are also given to people who move to a new country. If she gets sick, he should take her to the doctor, as you ...

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I don't want to live on this planet anymore
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No, it's not feasible at all. There are a million reasons why it wouldn't work, but I'll just touch briefly on the major ones: There is no drive that will take that much mass that far. Even Voyager 1,...

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Domesticated Whales?
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Whales are a terrible animal to domesticate. Their generation time is very long (5-10 years for blue whales), and a human could do only a few rounds of selective breeding in their lifetime. Although ...

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Why do deities need to gain belief?
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What you describe sounds pretty similar to the gods of Classical mythology. For sure, the source of their power was not usually thought to be technological, but something something magic something ...

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How do you prove you're from the future?
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The "standard" solution to this is to predict the future. The most straightforward version would be to print out and bring along stock market data for some time following your intended arrival. It is ...

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Could a robotic exoskeleton give humans Earth like movements on a high gravity planet?
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I can't recall the technical terms right now, but human motion can be divided into two logical groups: Movements that are stable throughout (you can freeze at any point and maintain that pose for some ...

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How can someone be invulnerable to any damage down to cellular levels while still having a limited lifespan?
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Easy: have the effect wear off. The details depend on how exactly the invulnerability is accomplished. For example, if you have rapid regeneration like Wolverine, you could say that the regeneration ...

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What would a near-human level AI still struggle at?
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You ask, What would such an AI do substantially better then us? But part of your premise is that AIs are not given initiative because of a deficit in skill: If you make an AI that is as smart ...

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Would space mines really work?
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In orbit, you have Kessler syndrome - doesn't even require explosives. Outside orbit, it relies on having commonly used routes. If you can find a way to accomplish this (wormholes or warp gates) then ...

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