Morgan
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Beds for people who practise group marriage
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I think the best answer lies (no pun intended) not in redesigning the bed, but in redesigning the house. Why even have the sexes in the same room when they're doing it, if they're that homophobic? In ...

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Using our current scientific theories, is it possible to develop better siege equipment than medieval ones? (Updated)
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Trebuchets are still used in combat! They were used in the Syrian civil war to throw bombs and in Ukraine during the Hrushevskoho Street riots! They're also widely used to teach physics and ...

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Would a portable watchtower be useful for the premodern military?
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I think it would be a lot more useful as a simple tripod tower with a climbing rope. All you would have to do is lash three poles together and tie a rope to the top with knots for the watcher to climb ...

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I want an intelligence agency without modern means
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Most of the things you need done can be done by regular people who don't work for your agency but will be rewarded for useful information and punished if the government finds out they didn't snitch. ...

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Best gun in the post-apocalyptic Wasteland?
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If you went from 8 billion to 8 million overnight, that would mean only 1 in 1000 people are still alive. Sounds like you mean more like 4 million anyway, or 1 in 2000. Do you really think you're ...

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If fusion power doesn't work, what are the limits on space development? What are the alternatives?
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For inside the solar system, fusion is unnecessary. For outside the solar system, fusion might be insufficient (if you want to get there in a lifetime). Inside the solar system you can easily get ...

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Using spray cans to close up bleeding wounds?
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It doesn't come in a spray I think, but this is just basically Celox, Quik Clot, or WoundSeal granduals. You can get stuff like that at your local Walmart sporting goods section. https://www....

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How to recruit members for a cult in the post-apocalypse?
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I basically wrote a whole story about this trying to explain it, but realized it was too much, so here's the short of it: Establish a scapegoat. Listen to the people and see who they blame for all ...

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Species that can create magnetic fields
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How about an organism that uses conductive material to build some kind of shell? Like some sort of really giant snail with a big coil of wire where the shell would be. It could ingest magnetic ...

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Would it ever be possible to "vaccinate" against feelings/ideas/beliefs?
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Much like a vaccine uses a weakened version of a virus to cause the body to prepare a response, simply present a flawed version of the idea you wish to vaccinate against. The vaccinated person will ...

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Role of Druids in Fantasy Society
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In addition to the obvious farming, consider if they can grow rubber trees or cause the plants to develop traits from other plants. It would be pretty neat if the druid can cause a tree or something ...

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How should the human respiratory system be changed to be able, in addition to oxygen, to breathe chlorine or hydrogen sulfide?
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Both chlorine and oxygen are oxidizing agents. Oxygen is necessary for humans because we use its property as an oxidizer to break down nutrients in a process called oxidative phosphorylation. https://...

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Designing a Rogue's Dagger
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In addition to complexity adding to weakness, I would like to point out that having specialist tools makes you stand out and will likely get you arrested. If the tools aren't illegal/suspicious, the ...

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How far can a person travel by foot in a month
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Usually I ride my bike 12 miles to and from work, for a total of 24 miles, taking a little under 2 1/2 hours each trip. My bike breaks down a lot, though, so I often walk, taking 4 1/2 hours each way, ...

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What Role Would Monks Have In a Fantasy Society?
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They can parkour messages or goods from one place to another. Remember, messengers running on foot were the prefered means of communication for thousands of years. Take the story of the first marathon,...

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What non-electrical, basic tool from today, could be made that would change the world in ancient times?
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I searched through to see if I could find any that haven't been mentioned yet (there's a lot). Mostly my answers all relate to one of the most expensive things people owned at the time: clothing. ...

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If a scientist were to compare the blood of a human and a vampire, what would be the difference (if any)?
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The actual vampire disease is like lichen. Lichen are composed of fungi and algae or bacteria cells (the non-fungi partner is a photosynthesizer), but in the case of vampirism, it's just a bacteria ...

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How different can an alien be from us if it is possible for us to have sex and procreate?
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Some-- maybe not all-- of the aliens actually reproduce asexually, but they have genetic diversity because of a symbiotic relationship their species has with a retrovirus which implants the DNA of ...

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Could I have a culture where stealing is not wrong?
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Some good answers on this already, but I would like to point out a couple examples where it was considered stealing, and was deemed acceptable. Bride "stealing," in societies where women ...

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What sorts of spells are possible using this magic system?
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Stand on a boulder as it's being pushed off a short drop. Direct the kinetic energy into literally anything else you're touching. Maybe take all that energy from the big rock and channel it into a ...

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Is a cosmopolitan totalitarian regime realistic?
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If corporations gained control of government, they could work hand in hand to dominate world markets and stifle new competition through over regulation and government imposed monopoly. In fact they ...

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What tactical advantages can be gained from frenzied, berserkir units on the battlefield?
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There's a lot of good answers here, but I think one overlooked one is that a surprising number of soldiers won't even kill the enemy under normal circumstances. If taking the drug makes all of your ...

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Different ways of going about worldbuilding besides making up words and drawing maps?
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If you don't forsee those things being important to your story, don't waste your resources on them. Just don't for all of those things. Just don't make a language. The characters always speak a ...

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Why is this culture against repairing broken things?
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Something like this has been written about in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. In that novel, things are thrown out and made from scratch because it is seen as being a benefit to society by providing ...

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Feudal-technology space humans - how can they generate mechanical energy?
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Maybe you could harness a cryovolcano or geyser? I think those typically have methane in them, though, so I can't imagine why they wouldn't just burn that if their habitat is somehow still giving them ...

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What options does my hero have for burning down (or otherwise destroying) her house using means readily available?
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Your totally fictional character should crumble a bag of potato chips and make a line from the toaster to the curtains and other flammable stuff. Chips burn very well and leave no trace. If it's an ...

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Could social score be implemented without internet & social networks?
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A system like that can be implemented anywhere you can collect taxes. In most times, people lived in very rural communities where you can't get lost in the crowd, so to speak. People always had to go ...

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Clothes in a vegetarian society?
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Wool, antlers, feathers, etc can be obtained without killing or even raising animals, although they would be rarer, thus making them something only used in ceremonies or for prestige. Take for ...

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How can a hive mind secretly monetize its special ability to make lots of money?
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Take your most attractive female members and use them to marry men for money. You could also engage in some prostitution or camgirl sites on the side. Once you have a bit of money, start a few ...

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How can royal families preserve the nobility of their bloodlines if children can be mass produced?
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I highly suggest this documentary, as a harem essentially serves the same purpose as your womb machine: https://youtu.be/Mc668SpyNe0 They simply had the potential heirs Battle Royal each other, which ...

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