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Q&A How to go from a free person to a slave

This question is a little nebulous unfortunately and perhaps a bit disturbing. The evil-empire in my WIP captures Mages and breaks them down into loyal and obedient servants. The Mages aren't as d...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Q&A Can one (re)learn empathy if they have the necessary structures?

In my world, I plan for an alien pathogen to cause drastic mutations in all lifeforms, reshaping animals and humans alike in a scenario of near inversion of positions, with animals achieving human-...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ProjectApex‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ProjectApex‭

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Q&A Treating Postpartum Depression when Reproductive Mortality is ~100%?

Postpartum depression among humans is a thing that is "normal" insofar as it happens a lot, but it is not "normal" in the sense of "a thing that we don't worry about"; it doesn't happen to absolute...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

Question psychology aliens
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Q&A Rewiring the way one views his kind

In my post apocalyptic world, a virus has spread, essentially changing the roles, with infected animals gaining sentience and intellect close to a human and humans degrading into a more animalistic...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ProjectApex‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ProjectApex‭

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Q&A Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out ove...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭

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Q&A Why would an AI only give limited information to humans?

I'm thinking about an AI similar to The Machine from Person of Interest but in a generally more advanced setting, and with a likely more broad goal of serving as a shepherd for humanity as opposed ...

19 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Psychological Development of Children and Adolescents Under Accelerated Time

To try and explain the situation the best I can imagine one of those sci-fi/fantasy situations where whenever someone is asleep they can experience new things. Whether they somehow end up in some d...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Necrikus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Necrikus‭

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Q&A Would serial killers be a thing In a world where duels to the death are perfectly legal?

In this world, people have the legal right to fight anyone to the death, for any reason, as long as the fights are done before an official whose sole job is to regulate these duels. The officials i...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Jordy McCroquette‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jordy McCroquette‭

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Q&A Individualist Intelligence

Under what circumstances could an inherently individualist species become intelligent and advanced? Usually, animals require social interaction for intelligence to develope. Or at least that's wha...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

The goblins in my world are classical fantasy goblins. They aren't too smart, have primitive technology, live in tribes, and use tamed boars, wolves, and other wild animals. They usually have a bos...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Happiness is Mandatory

Happiness is mandatory. Unhappiness is treason. Treason is punishable by summary execution. Are you happy, citizen? - Friend computer. Welcome to Beta Complex, the little brother of Alpha Comp...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Trish‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Trish‭

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Q&A Emotion to replace fear

I want to make an alien species evolve without fear, or atleast not fear as we know it. Intelligent life, as I understand it, requires fear to encourage an organism to keep itself alive. What emo...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A An alien race without the concept of "time"

In my narrative I have these aliens that don't experience time, they don't remember and don't predict events, which makes them completely reactionary. This is supposed to make them alien and diffic...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How plausible would it be for post-apocalyptic survivors to develop a mass psychosis/culture bound syndrome of seeing ghosts?

Some kind of WW3/resource war event happens. The majority of human beings (definately over 90%, so billions) are killed by a series of bioweapon diseases used by both sides or die in the ensuing co...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TidalPool‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TidalPool‭

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Q&A Does living without access to sunlight for extended periods have known physical or psychological effects on humans?

Humans (even programmers :-) ) are used to having some access to natural light, but in a colony in space, on the dark side of a tidally-locked planet, or underground (for example) this won't happen...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What effect would it have on the human psyche to be able to observe, but not interact, with other humans for an extended length of time?

I had an idea for a character that was stuck in a ghost-like state for a length of time after an accident. During this time, they would have very limited ability to interact with the rest of the w...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Why might the vast majority of my alien species be incredibly kind and compassionate?

For starters, I'll describe what I'm going for with this species (I'll call them White Hairs because, you guessed it, they have white hair) They are humanoid with pale gray skin, tall and pointed, ...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by P. M. B.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by P. M. B.‭

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Q&A Would roleplaying as wacky Nazis help my deities maintain their mental health while they're stuck in a bunker?

So, once there was a war between the titans and the gods. In the end, the gods' leader, Anon, found a way to permanently remove the titans from the world, but the victory extracted a terrible price...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A You need to disguise a manual as the diary of a madman. How?

Let's say you are creating secret instructions for a new, very dangerous weapon. You have decided to encrypt the instructions. But you do not want anyone to guess that these notes are encrypted! S...

18 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Exerion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Exerion‭

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Q&A Could a government control its people using frequencies?

Setting: Earth, in the future, near 2060 or 2100 Technology: a bit more advanced than ours Armies and police forces are already using systems for crowd control. Some devices can generate disco...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A Creating convincingly alien viewpoints

Most aliens tend to be humans with bumpy foreheads and/or pointy ears. Even when they do have differences then usually it is an entire species being portrayed as a particular brand of human. For ex...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tim B‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tim B‭

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Q&A What sort of psychological changes could be made to a genetically engineered human

I'm in the rough outlining stages of this story, and found myself a bit stuck trying to turn this particular corner. Firstly, here are the basics of this world: In the future, it's a common prac...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Graviti‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Graviti‭

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Q&A Why do dragons like shiny stuff?

I like the classic trope of dragons loving gold and collecting it in their lair, yet it seems poorly justified. I know that it is often used as a metaphor for greed; "dragons disease" to show how m...

19 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Where to Put Self-Reliant, Rugged Individualists?

In fiction that tries to provide a wide diversity of cultural stances on the collectivism-individualism stances, there is often a trope that self-reliant, no-nonsense, rugged individualists (as a d...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭

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Q&A How can high-level awareness resulting in telepathic radar be made possible in the human mind?

The humans in this setting are telepaths who are able to communicate with each other through their minds. This form of telepathy transfers simple phrases, symbols, or emotions to the designated per...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How long can a human survive inside a dark box?

I am toying with an idea which requires a human to be stuck in a dark box for the rest of their life. They receive regular exercise of the arms and legs, air, food and water and their bodily funct...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Is it possible to lie telepathically?

In a world where people can feel each other's thoughts and emotions, is it possible to lie? Is it possible to think something different from what you really think? It doesn't make sense... When yo...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Aric‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aric‭

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Q&A How likely are Coriolis-effect-based quirks to develop in starship crew members?

This one's more sociological, and it seems like a shoe-in to me, but sociology was never my strength. Given how pronounced the Coriolis effect of a smaller Von Braun wheel would be, does it seem ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A Alien message: arrows and sequence order

This is part of my Alien Message series: Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? Alien message: "Invitation" I recall a TV show featuring a discussion on the design of warning messages ...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A How can humans naturally develop the ability to control their mental faculties while suffering the physical effects of fear?

Fear has been a helpful trait that has kept our race alive since back in the day. It continues to be necessary for survival as a species. However, it can be just as harmful. When faced with death o...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How long can a human stand to be underground?

How long can a man survive underground without going insane? A traveler is buried under stones in a cave system. His only sources of food are mushrooms and creatures that live in the caves. Some o...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Edward Constantin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Edward Constantin‭

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Q&A Regulating my replica soldiers with a controlled form of ASPD (I'm not sure if psychopathy belongs to it)?

When you have around 500 soldiers with state-of-the-art equipment and superhuman reflexes, you might also want to invest in a reliable way of controlling them without hampering their ability to thi...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How can changes in personality/values of a person who turned into a vampire be explained?

Vampires don't die from old age; They aren't born, and all vampires were humans at some point in their life. After being bitten, a human can turn into a vampire (although the chance is very low, o...

18 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user161005‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user161005‭

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Q&A How to make society ravaged by random killing, prosper and remain happy?

Set in near future. Human population is at most a hundred thousand. Everyone lives in mountainous regions to escape deadly miasma. The air is infected by nanites which can cause cardiac arrest in ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Harmony amongst Human Termites?

In a magical world there is a tribe of people divided into termite-like castes. They live in the wilderness, far from most regular humans. They are effectively human; fully conscious and conscien...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by inappropriateCode‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by inappropriateCode‭

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Q&A What would the psychological effects be on a child who grew up knowing they could never really get hurt?

(This question goes more in depth from a previous question.) Imagine This: The "Black Box" is a mind vault for a few humans who created it, the humans wanting to survive a nuclear war happening...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by AnnaBanana‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by AnnaBanana‭

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Q&A Possible Long Term Effects of Frequent Teleportation

This is a follow-up to my previous question, based on one of the comments that was made. While the answers to the original make it quite reasonable that there will be no permanent effects manifeste...

20 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Mad Physicist‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mad Physicist‭

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Q&A Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

Meet Greg. Greg was born with pretty average genetics. It seems like he was destined to have average intelligence, average strength, and be average at everything. There was one particularly though:...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A How would aliens test humans for empathy?

500,000 people have been kidnapped from all over the world by aliens. The aliens want to see if humans have empathy, and they can't understand our languages, as we speak they hear just random nois...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could aliens colonize Earth without realizing humans are people too?

So aliens find Earth to be suitable for colonization and disregard humanity's claim. Not because they are racist, but because they are so different biologically and psychologically that humans simp...

19 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A How can I make this religion believing in "creating time traveling gods through science" believable?

I want to popularize the following or a similar belief. In many thousand years people will travel back in time to give us an afterlife, if we make it possible, by going the steps, that will lea...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Philipp Wettmann‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Philipp Wettmann‭

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Q&A Psychology of Long Life

I'm writing a novel about a (small) group of people with extraordinarily long lifespans. Now I am wondering on the psychological aspects of that, which has been a side-topic here and there in simi...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tom‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tom‭

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Q&A History without resource driven wars

Usually when a population overgrows it expands in search of new land and if the fields are virgin and empty they become farmland and cities, but if the fields are already occupied and the resources...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Beings in Amnesia occuring after sleep, how to help them?

A planet is in the brink of destruction with constant wars and chaos. To somehow save their world a group of scientists launched a nuclear warhead all over their planet to release a gas that would...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mr.J‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mr.J‭

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Q&A How to prove amnesia

So basically, a guy (criminal, fraud, con artist and generally very untrustworhy person) is involved in an accident and suffers total memory loss. He remembers absolutely nothing about his previous...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by J. Joscak‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by J. Joscak‭

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Q&A Long-term effects of leaving everything you know - the aging issue

My current ongoing science fiction project has FTL travel that is instantaneous for the ships and their crews, but still, usually, takes years of real-time in the rest of the universe. This is goin...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ash‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ash‭

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Q&A Are competitive sports an effective way to change my Spartiates' life perspective?

I am creating a world in which a society exists that is heavily inspired that ancient Sparta, specifically with a focus on Spartiates and their military education, the agoge. A character in the sto...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Mr.J‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mr.J‭

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Q&A How would a child with a thousand years of experience behave?

Here's one to ponder: what would an immortal eight-year-old be like after one thousand years? In most stories involving immortality, the immortals are fully formed adults. When those stories do in...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Aldaine‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Aldaine‭

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Q&A What psychological effect would have interacting only with clones of yourself?

Say we are able to mass produce clones for our clone army and give them memories. Then we decide to give them the same template/personality/identity/etc. What psychological effects would this have...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bogdan 705‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bogdan 705‭

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Q&A What effects would an Oracle have on society?

So assuming their existed an Oracle, what effects would it have on society. Assume that everyone has access to it similar to using a library where the books can't leave. Properties of the Oracle ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Tezra‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tezra‭