Lostinfrance
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Russian Dolls - How do they reproduce?
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My theory would mean that the population could only stay the same or decrease. In fact accidents would mean that the population would decrease until the species became extinct. Your theory is ...

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Justifications for a language learned via magical transference?
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I suggest that an "exam spell" to temporarily boost the ability of the brain to absorb any new information would do the trick. You have said that the magic of your world "uses the human body as a ...

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An environment where round beds are easier to build than rectangular
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On Earth many birds and some mammals build cup-shaped nests by weaving together natural materials such as grass and pliable branches, bound together by mud, saliva or even spider silk. You could say ...

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How would people living in eternal day learn that stars exist?
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In addition to the three good answers so far received, the people of your planet would almost certainly be able to see certain astronomical objects by daylight. On Earth even in daytime we can ...

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Why futuristic cities still keeps live pet when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?
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Because the pet can love you back. That is certainly true in the case of animals of relatively high intelligence like cats and dogs. For less intelligent creatures like fish it might be more ...

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Forcing everyone to speak the same language
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Would forcing the new citizens and prosecuting anyone that tried to spoke a different language be justified for the better end? This question is only superficially about language. It is really about ...

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Storage of a material that passes through non-living matter
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"People can spend their magic points to create this material, and consume it later" There's your answer: consume it. Or make some other person or creature under your control consume it. For solid or ...

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What goes into making a good writing system
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It depends whether you mean "good" as in "easy to learn and practical to use" or as in "believable as being the naturally evolved writing system of a fictional culture created by the author". The two ...

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What benefits would having a second moon bring for humanity?
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Zyxrra's answer has covered some very plausible suggested reasons. Great, that leaves an implausible one for me. Disguise - maybe there are robot doomsday ships cruising the universe destroying all ...

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Standardisation of Time in a FTL Universe
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"In an FTL equipped universe, this becomes more difficult as an FTL route A might take longer to reach a destination than FTL route B with the result that clocks on both ships would not be in ...

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Relativity: is it possible that we are the most technologically advanced race in our galaxy?
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There are some wrong assumptions in your question. Other answers have already covered some of the issues, so I would like to focus on one misconception in particular. If you have read about Einstein'...

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Feasibility of Centaur Hussars
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I do not dispute any of the disadvantages for centaurs that Pete lists in his excellent answer above. However I suggest that centaurs would have the following very large countervailing advantage: ...

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How could the English language gradually dwindle to just one word?
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The obvious answer, although not I suspect the one you are looking for*, is that English would become extinct in the same way as thousands of other languages have become extinct over the ages: that is ...

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Social engineering: Design a new language for a totalitarian state obsessed with scientific advancement
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I have a few suggestions for the Supreme Social Architect: 1) Some real-life languages have a characteristic called evidentiality in which the grammar of the language obliges speakers when making any ...

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Language threshold for a species
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John Dallman's answer makes the essential point. True language is not restricted in the messages it can send. In the 1960s a linguistic anthropologist called Charles F. Hockett set out an influential ...

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What modern technology would be most revolutionary to ancient Greeks?
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I am far from the first to think of this, but alphabetical long distance signalling, whether by Semaphore line, heliograph or shuttered lantern gives you the biggest bang for your buck as an invention ...

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Will artificial selection for religiosity make the gods real?
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As it stands this question's title ("Will artificial selection for religiosity make the gods real?") does not match its content ("Over time, will people evolve the ability to hear or see gods as if ...

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How could a society with computers still use animals for physically demanding activities?
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They have suffered a catastrophe in the past that caused vast numbers of deaths specifically linked to technology failure and they have good reason to believe that the same might happen again. This ...

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Economy in Mirror-Worlds
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Changes to transport, manufactures, research, technology - pah, no big deal. Even the prospect of unlimited energy as described by sdrawkcabdear is an idea we are familiar with; its effects are just ...

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What can I do to make a Bartering system stable?
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…what can I do to make a barter system stable in a modern American society? Make the society itself massively unstable. Simply positing a catastrophe, either physical catastrophe or an ...

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What animals lend themselves to being ridden by Quadrupeds?
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It's going to be difficult to find an animal capable of bearing their weight. Even a dwarf elephant is bulky. I agree with AndreiROM that "a hurricane washed them ashore" is implausible. A more ...

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What type of food might an organism that lives its entire life in interstellar space eat?
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Give it the ability to generate a vast magnetic field, making it a living Bussard ramjet. Then it could scoop up and "eat" interstellar hydrogen. It wouldn't exactly have a digestive system, more a ...

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Roots When Creating A Language
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I'm kind of embarrassed to post the same answer as I did for your previous question. Nonetheless, the book I mentioned before, The Conlanger's Lexipedia has a lot about root words too. Not just Latin ...

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Is there a more effective way to build a language than a word frequency list?
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A man called Mark Rosenfelder has written three well-regarded books on creating a conlang. The one most relevant to your query is The Conlanger's Lexipedia. Among other things it contains a "Fantasy ...

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What similarities could I expect to find across alien nervous systems?
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Trying to get a handle on this question, I took a look at Wikipedia to see what a nervous system actually does: At the cellular level, the nervous system is defined by the presence of a special ...

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Feasibility of giant flatworm people
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First, I have a nit to pick: you write, "They have no limbs or appendages but posses a muscular "foot" that gives them limited ability to manipulate their environment." Then that foot is a limb/...

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What's the smallest change to physics required to allow magic?
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This made me wonder of an alternative universe where magic is allowed by physics. What's the minimum set of changes that our local physics laws would require? The laws of physics require that if ...

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How can we catch a teleporter?
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Make him come to them: Poison his food or drink. Antidote only available from the authorities. Insert a highly addictive rare drug in his food or drink. Further supplies only available from the ...

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Is a steampunk style Clockwork robot possible?
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It has been done on a small scale by model engineers and steampunk enthusiasts. Here are a couple of examples: How to Use Real Steam Power For... Robots? The author, Austin Sirkin, sounds a note of ...

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Would it be possible for a humanoid creature to use mitosis
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I asked a somewhat related question in May 2015: What needs to be different in order for a parthenogenetically reproducing species to evolve sentience? The answers might be useful to you, although ...

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