BambooleanLogic
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A fake starry sky
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Thinking somewhat outside the box here... They are real stars In the distant past, a cataclysmic event happened on a universal scale ("a collision with another universe" or some other ...

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How can sapient beings engineer transportation and building when they can only count 0, 1 and many?
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Unary and artifacts I'm going to assert that the aliens are human level intelligence, but for some reason cannot mentally conceptualize and create words for distinct numbers. As such, they can still ...

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Plausible reason why my time machine can only go back a certain amount of time?
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Time is weaker in mid-to-late 1900s due to frequent time travel Your time machine is presumably the first time machine ever invented and is considerably weaker than other time machines that will ...

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How to avert AI. as a main player in the future?
5 votes

One can simply give AIs a fundamental tactical weakness over organic pilots. For instance, let's say that all species' AI technology is based on electronics (as no other efficient and reliable method ...

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Why isn't a magical obligate parasite living in a wizard library exterminated?
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The creature adapts to the knowledge around it. One can imagine a magical creature that, as a defense mechanism, instinctively absorbs the magical knowledge of its surroundings to be able to ...

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How might one explain (pseudo-scientifically) the generation of a "projected," guided darkness?
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Bending or somehow repelling light wouldn't work. Light isn't a property of an area of space, it's something traveling through said area. As such, such measures would only change its direction, ...

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Figuring out the Cosmic Compass (Updated)
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Just do what we do, but with an extra dimension. We describe directions with four base words: North, South, East and West. We can also combine them: Northwest, Southeast, and so on. For even more ...

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Why do the aliens buy Earth whiskey instead of just downloading the copy and creating it themselves?
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Legality and content filtering. There are various recreational substances around the galaxy, but there are large differences in what's legal where. Alcoholic drinks are one of the things that are ...

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What reason would an extraterrestrial civilization have to adopt Earth's time measurement units?
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Backwards Compatibility Long ago, when the bridge was first established in a collaboration between several species, it was found that the computing substrates (optical, biological, quantum, etc.) of ...

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Mcguffins, everyone wants them
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Near-immortality The secret of the McGuffins' incredibly long lifespans is that they produce some form of enzyme (or some other more appropriate medical term) capable of repairing the genetic and ...

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Creating a barrier between continents
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Superstition, then colonization Let's say that the continents are far apart and that the ocean between them is constantly stormy. Not impossible to traverse, yet difficult and risky. Only a handful of ...

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Alternative to writing for creatures without eyesight?
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One may imagine storing information on some comb-like biological structure such as the (small but very numerous) ribs of some common animal. (Another possibility is to use some kind of bush, the ...

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Hacking the universe
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1) An idealized computer is deterministic. That means everything is predictable and that there's no such thing as true randomness. Instead, we use pseudo randomness, i.e. sequences of numbers where it'...

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Repeatable, Unavoidable Cataclysmic Events
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Stargate Atlantis has some similar themes to the Mass Effect answer. In the show, the Pegasus Galaxy has been under Wraith control for millennia, harvesting the human population as food at (presumably)...

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