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What are the proper terms to describe and further explore this phenomenon? or, Trying to extrapolate social dynamics and a state's fate in its interaction with the state producing " laws masses tend to consider absurd"

This might a be a complicated topic and I am not good in asking the question. Luckily I got a hint to post here in the sandbox. Happy to discuss. Note: as we discuss something which might appear not clear and absurd to most people, even to myself, the side effect could be you consider this same question not clear either absurd.

Maybe there are many questions which need to be carefully cut out. So.. enough pre-words.. Here comes the question post.

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While in reality this could be just an exception either fake news, imagine a copy of our world where such effects start developing on large scale:

Please help me to find proper academic words for this situation if seen as a phenomenon (source reliability and generalization put aside)

Policemen would collect money for a NAS (network area storage) from a discounter to exchange work documents. Photographs would be exchanged via WhatsApp on private smartphones. GDPR is just thought up by theoreticians, they say.

Same for physicians, use Skype for beaming of CRT images..

Side note: using WhatsApp by GDPR is formally a crime.

With the question how to find proper terms I aim to get an idea what is happening. Does this something to do with some erosion like effect? I.e. this is not an English language question because I just do not know how to discuss such effects in either language.

UPDATE okay we are talking about masses including people working for the state ignoring a law ruling complicated and abstract to have an impact in the daily life.

Also, while everybody knows their communication can be shared with some ominous hacker groups (risk and historical fact) and intelligence services (fact), and the law possibly aims to prevent this, nobody cares?

Let's take a similar situation in terms of a law which does not really work but by that criminalize people even without any real benefit to anybody, as it seems at least.

  • In Russia, it is a crime for a Russian to enter the country's border if you do not have your Russian passport, because you have to. It's no exception and subject to prosecution, up to several years jail, with absolutely no exception (like a deceased member of family). In fact, many Russians ignore that, and enter the country with foreign passports, in most cases not for criminal purpose. Nobody really cares, but these people become this way a potential subject to criminal prosecution for their lifetime.
  • One much more broader example comes to my mind, applicable to the whole world actually. How high is the extent of people care to read all the EULAs and privacy statements they accept every other day? To read all contracts they sign and think over it? Is there a new type of illiteracy out there?

This is again a circle "state produces a law - nobody cares including the state - big question mark" but in the answers I would like to stick to the affairs around "Cloud Act vs GDPR vs population ignoring the laws which aim to protect them and the state from another country's digital - and maybe long term total - supremacy and power domination".

UPDATE1 maybe the root problem is that through evolution of complex structures in economics and rules in our society we approach/pass a complexity level we can handle? This would also explain the hope in AI tool support. But what is then the future?

UPDATE2 People ask me to compress the question into one sentence. Here what it looks like then:

Is there a way to model the fate of the state from given examples, maybe through extrapolating social dynamics of given examples, while it is producing laws, which masses tend to consider absurd and look ways to overcome as if finding an easier way to live, hence criminalizing themselves, yet there is luckily no mass punishment for absurduous law in this state?

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    $\begingroup$ It's much clearer to understand now, I'm still not sure how to confine it to fit, but the material you've written gives us more to work with. Some may suggest the Politics stack as an alternative venue for this. It seems to be an enormously complex issue, which I would like to understand. I'll go away and think about this, hopefully voices wiser than mine will speak their minds too. $\endgroup$ – We are Monica. Aug 28 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ Hi @J.Doe I find the entire question very confusion to read. From what I can tell (based on a google translate of the article), Is this what you are asking "There is a Proper way to do something. People then bypass this proper way because there is an easier way." Please highlight your question, because I believe the large part of this question are just examples and don't add much to it $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Aug 29 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Shadowzee That's how I thought about it too, at least to some extent. What I'd like the OP to do is condense the question into a single sentence, then try working on giving it context. $\endgroup$ – We are Monica. Aug 31 at 3:37
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Doe Could you read the last couple of comments and respond? $\endgroup$ – We are Monica. Aug 31 at 3:38
  • $\begingroup$ Well the thing to bypass things in an easier way might be rather a small part of the answer but definitely not the question. $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Aug 31 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ Well the thing to bypass things in an easier way might be rather a small part of the answer but definitely not the question. The condensed 1 sentence is really more or like "Is there a way to model the fate of the state, maybe through extrapolating social dynamics of given examples, where extrapolate social dynamics on this state, while it is producing laws, which masses tend to consider absurd and look ways to overcome as if finding an easier way to live, hence criminalizing themselves, yet there os luckily no mass punishment for absurduous law in this state?" $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Aug 31 at 4:45
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Doe I'm not seeing a world building aspect in this question and the question itself it seems more related to politics or law. As far as I can tell, there seems to be 2/3 questions all very similar which you role into the theme of subverting the law. First, is people bypassing the law for easier alternatives. The Second is people breaking the law, but authorities ignore it. The third is about the legality of EULAs and terms of use. Can you confirm if the summary I gave is correct? $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Sep 1 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Shadowzee hi - the world building aspect is: " imagine a copy of our world" What you refer to, are all aspects/examples of the question, but not the question itself. So unfortunately the answer is that your summary seems to be wrong. Apologies. $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Sep 2 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ I'm also a bit baffled when reading this question. You're looking for words used in real-world academic literature about parallel worlds? Or suggestions for Orwellian terminology that would work to describe this interaction between technology and society? One thing that might help clarify the question is trying to ask it in a single sentence that stands alone (something you could start a conversation with) and then separating out all the examples at the bottom. $\endgroup$ – Dubukay Sep 3 at 1:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Dubukay The condensed 1 sentence is really more or like "Is there a way to model the fate of the state from given examples, maybe through extrapolating social dynamics of given examples, while it is producing laws, which masses tend to consider absurd and look ways to overcome as if finding an easier way to live, hence criminalizing themselves, yet there is luckily no mass punishment for absurduous law in this state?" $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Sep 3 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Doe Okay wow, I totally missed that from the question. Would an even more condensed version be "How stable can a government be that produces absurd laws that criminalize the majority of the population if it doesn't enforce them?" I'm trying to rephrase your statement here to make sure we're on the same page here. $\endgroup$ – Dubukay Sep 4 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Dubukay part of that but you've missed out that laws seem to be too absurdous to follow to the population. $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Sep 4 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Doe I see. So this is a dictatorial/authoritarian government that isn't at all run by the people? But they also aren't planning to replace it. $\endgroup$ – Dubukay Sep 4 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @J. Doe, are you still working on this question? To keep the Sandbox clean, the protocol is to delete any drafts that haven't seen any edits in a month and have had a notice like this one for a week or more. If you're still working on it, please edit the question to let us know how we can better help you! $\endgroup$ – overlord - Reinstate Monica Oct 9 at 15:18
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how can biological transmutation be conceptualized?

Transmutation is the process by which a substance is changed from one form into another. A mage known as Bellatrix Umbridge as discovered a way to use these methods as a way to reincarnate herself in the case of death.

The ritual takes place in three parts, and requires three separate spells. First, a living victim is restrained and put into a magically induced coma. Then, another spell transcribes runes into the victim, which mimic the runes inscribed into Bellatrix herself. Finally, the victim is turned into a large crystal that is put into stasis until activated. When Bellatrix dies, her soul is immediately transported to the crystal, where it reforms into a new body. At its completion, she emerges as a younger version of herself.

The problem here is the requirement requires a living victim in order to work. Mutating someone organically, such as turning a prince into a frog, or farmer into a pig, makes sense because you are simply changing someone into a another biological form or state. However, the transmutation spell transforms an individual into an inanimate, non-living artifact during the process, which would essentially kill them.

How can I create this form of magic that fulfills the parameters of this spell?

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  • $\begingroup$ "Bellatrix Umbridge as discovered" -> has. Can you give a bit more background of what the magic is capable of? You're saying that turning a prince into a frog makes sense, even if there is a large discrepancy between the forms and the weight. However, if that's possible with your magic, then what can one do with, say, a victim in magic sleep - can they also survive indefinitely or for a very long time (e.g., sleeping beauty's 100 year nap)? Is it using (roughly) fairytale logic and what are the general limits? $\endgroup$ – VLAZ Sep 24 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Incognito, are you still working on this question? To keep the Sandbox clean, the protocol is to delete any drafts that haven't seen any edits in a month and have had a notice like this one for a week or more. If you're still working on it, please edit the question to let us know how we can better help you! $\endgroup$ – overlord - Reinstate Monica Oct 22 at 17:30
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How quickly can a homunculus grow without killing its host?

Demons need to possess human bodies in order to exist on the mortal plane. However, a human body is fragile, and unable to contain the demonic essence for long. This leads to these bodies breaking down after a short period of time, killing the host and sending the demon back to the nether-realm. What is needed to avoid this is a specially prepared body that is built to hold a demonic essence. These are called homunculi, artificial organisms built in the shape and appearance of a human, but designed specifically to contain a demon permanently.

Homunculi are created through a process called preformationism. Within each of our sex cells contains an animanalcule, or preformed human. Development in the womb is therefore the process of enlarging the human until it is large enough to be born. Homunculi are born to dark witches through this alchemical process in the same way as regular humans. These beings are created through the use of dark rituals and magical potions, and made to gestate inside a living human. Homunculi take the form of a large lump of flesh, similar to a large tumor or a group of cancer-like cells, that would grow to the same size as a 9 month fetus. After it is born, the unformed substance is placed in powder of ground sun stone, sulfur, magnet, and green tutia, which will cause the amorphous blob to grow a human skin.

This abnormal being lacks a soul from God due to the unnatural creation of its birth. This makes it the perfect vessel for a demon, who can bond with this empty vessel permanently. Unfortunately, it takes a much shorter time to incubate, which is a total of forty days. Of course, this is very dangerous for the mother, who would experience all the symptoms of a real pregnancy at a rapid rate of growth. The dark witch obviously would want to survive the process. What is needed is a specialized potion that would need to be taken periodically throughout the process. What must this potion do in order to provide for a safe delivery?

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  • $\begingroup$ So, basically, all your homunculi come from female unfertilized eggs? Is there a reason why waiting for the homunculus-tumor to grow to baby size? Why not extract it already when it is only fist-sized after around 30 days? Is the homunculus-tumor recognized by the witch's body as friendly, or is there an immune system response? Does it otherwise gestate like a normal baby (= in uterus, with placenta as blood filter), or does it grow somewhere else in a different fashion? $\endgroup$ – subrunner Oct 17 at 12:09
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How Do You Catch an Alien That Can Compartmentalize?

My story has an alien species. These aliens:

  • Look identical to human beings
  • Cannot be discovered by scans of any kind
  • Act like humans

However, they have a very special ability: They have the ability to compartmentalize certain memories, knowledge, and thoughts for a set period of time. This blocks their own access to this information while the "timer" is running. It can be thought of as kind of a specialized, timed amnesia.

The aliens can set any length timer they desire. It could be as short as 5 seconds, as long as 50 years, or any other amount. However, they cannot gain this information during that time period, no matter what.

This is an Earth-like world with modern-day technology.

Scenario: An alien gets taken in by the government for questioning in regard to a recent terrorist attack. The government does not know this person is an alien. But then the alien compartmentalizes all information they know in regard to the attack, and there is nothing that can reveal them as being related to the incident. In fact, they can even remove their knowledge of being an alien. They essentially become completely, but temporarily innocent.

Assume that you are someone (anyone) that knows the aliens exist and what their powers are, but that you want to continue to keep it secret from the world. Their existence is not common knowledge.

So if you know that these aliens exist and can be hiding in plain sight:

How do you discover who is an alien, without violating human rights?

For this question, answers should not involve:

  • DNA testing
  • Torture or captivity
  • Passing laws that affect or make exceptions to human rights

Because these methods violate human rights. And if you're using it to find out whether someone is an alien, then you obviously don't know for a fact they are an alien.

Similarly, for this question, assume that you cannot pass laws allowing indefinite incarceration on suspicion alone. This prevents us from keeping someone long enough for a potential alien's timer to expire.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does the government know about these aliens in general and their capabilities (you only mention yourself)? And is there like an alien diplomat they can visit? You also will need to address the very obvious issue of DNA testing in the question. $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Oct 11 at 6:17
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    $\begingroup$ DNA testing is pretty routine for law enforcement purposes, all around the world. I'd also point out that ignorance ain't innocence... you can protest as much as you like, but if there's enough evidence pointing at you, you're going down. Is there something I'm missing here? $\endgroup$ – Starfish Prime Oct 12 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ This question seems too restrictive. The aliens can perfectly protect themselves from divulging information and no amount of coercion or even physical tests would be able to reveal it. At best, one can have outside evidence of the alien (unknown that it's an alien) doing something. So, it seems like the only way to know the truth is to know the truth. It's circular, as you cannot rely on a confession or any other test. $\endgroup$ – VLAZ Oct 14 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ Every society has a different definition of human rights, your constraints are very opinion based. Even if you did choose to set a standard, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration, determining if a right was violated is not black-and-white. It’s decided in a court. History has never solved the problem of finding aliens (Japanese Americans detained in WWII) while respecting everyone’s rights. $\endgroup$ – Vogon Poet Oct 28 at 15:04
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    $\begingroup$ Consider removing the rights violation problem altogether, find something that works, then as a second question make the process either ethical or acceptable given the circumstances. If your society is being invaded, it will be under martial law already so individual rights sort of go out the window for the greater good. $\endgroup$ – Vogon Poet Oct 28 at 15:07
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how can I combat the laziness of millennials in society?

In this world, a God known as Dea has warned the world's population of the impending rapture very early in earth's history. It has been well known from her to the people that the rapture would occur on an 100, 000 years from now on an exact date. During that time period, certain signs and events occur with no doubt that they come from God to slowly lead up to the final days as a reminder, and have been well documented. Now, we are within the last 1000 years of this world's cycle, in which humans both living and dead will be absorbed by God and the world will be set. The final generations of this period will live to witness the last millennia of this cycle, and hence are known as "the millennials".

Humans have an average lifespan of about 200 years. Most people go through life wanting to leave some kind of impact, in order for them to be remembered. Some want to leave an important legacy of achievement, so their names and accomplishments won't be forgotten. Others want to make a better future for their children so that they can enjoy a better life than they did. Whatever the reason, it serves as a motivator for us to leave something behind to say that we were here.

However, knowing exactly when the world will end and the moment of your death changes things. The millennial generation understand that their legacy will be no -existent after the world resets. The next version of humanity will have no knowledge of them, making whatever their achievements were pointless. Their memory and history of their world will become irrelevant, as if they never existed.This will become more pronounced the closer you get to the final date. Everyday will be a party, filled with orgies, drugs, and drunken debauchery to celebrate the end of the world. (We are all going to die anyway, why not go out with a bang? It is better to burn out than fade away after all). Or fatalistic, anti-social behavior that leads to chaos and anarchy.

The goal is to keep society running as smoothly as possible, without any disruptions, either by nihilistic attitudes or lecherous activities. People should go on as normal as possible until the apocalypse, where they would be consumed and absorbed by God to become one with the human consciousness.

How can I accomplish this with the final generation?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think using the word Millenials is correct for this correction. Focusing on the Final Generation before everyone dies would be more appropriate for your question. Also, does everyone believe in this Gods Warning? or is it something like those Cults who believe the end is coming and then the world just keeps on going belief. $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Oct 8 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ Not everybody is familiar with the minutia of American neo-protestant eschatology; you may want to either explain what "rapture" means in this question, or else choose another phrase (end of the world?). (Hint: the most common meaning in contemporary English seems to be "transport of mind, mental exaltation or absorption, ecstasy; esp. ecstatic delight or joy" in the words of the OED.) (I remember when I first read a passage where the word had the specific American neo-protestant eschatologic meaning and it took me quite some time to realize what it was all about.) $\endgroup$ – AlexP Oct 10 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ Obvious dumb answer: why keep society running? to what end? I mean, without some sort of carrot, all you've got is stick, but maybe that's what you're after. $\endgroup$ – Starfish Prime Oct 12 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ Honestly, unless the fact that the world will end is kept secret, I can't think of any good reason why these "millenials" would want to bother keeping society running. $\endgroup$ – Globin347 Oct 30 at 19:25
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Ideal Firearms for time travel or low tech universe exploration

Greetings! I am a world-hopping warlock who regularly goes on adventures in various worlds with differing levels of technological knowledge. Being a crafty warlock, I have a number of tricks, weapons, and gadgets up my sleeves, and I'd like to add firearms to my repertoire.

I'm currently planning an extended campaign in Acardia, a continent with a technological and political structure comparable to what you folks refer to as early medieval Europe. My early scouting missions haven't discovered any gunpowder based weapons, although I can't confirm that no such thing exists there.

Once the campaign starts in earnest, It won't be feasible to return to a more advanced world for supplies. In addition, I'll be traveling a great deal, so I don't want to cart heavy machinery around with me. I'd like to utilize firearms as a form of self defense during this campaign.

Here's the thing, though- I don't want to be that idiot who thinks they can conquer an entire continent with a single machine gun. If I'm going to use firearms in this campaign, I need to take into account the manufacture of ammunition, repair of the weapons, etcetera.

So... what's the most advanced sort of gun I can take with me and be able to utilize for the entire campaign, which could last for years? It's acceptable if the guns themselves can't be manufactured using the tools available, so long as they can be maintained using Acardian tech. I will, however, need to manufacture ammunition. I would also prefer to be able to fire more than once before reloading, and use bullets that include powder inside of them rather than being loose metal balls (if possible). (If I'm correct, guns that use such bullets tend to be easier to clean.)

I'll be campaigning with a small team, no more than 20 to 30 people. I don't currently have a motor vehicle that would be practical to fuel and maintain during the campaign, so I'll probably be using horse-drawn wagons to carry anything I need to take with me.

If the tools required to make ammunition or a part can themselves be easily made with Acardian tech, that is also acceptable, but keep in mind I won't have the resources to start an industrial revolution. If the equipment in question is too heavy to cart around, and I can't make new ones when I enter a new city, that will put a damper on it, but it won't necessarily completely invalidate the technique in question.

I'd also like to note that, given the choice between power and accuracy, I'd probably go for accuracy, although it would certainly be nice if the gun had the power to punch through steel plate.

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You can clone anything at all - but only for 500 milliseconds, and you change the world! What did you do?

[technological-development][cloning][time-travel][teleportation][science-based][power-sources]


I have a retro-causality device similar to Douglas E. Richards' used in Split Second but based on more hard science, less magic.

You have a box as big as a refrigerator. It's a "Telecloner" which teleports something by sending it back in time, making a temporary clone from the "destination" time in the past, until the "origin" time in the future. See the diagram:

Telecloning

Chronology:

  1. Mouse A exists.

  2. T2 = 0.5 seconds before the mouse A is teleported. The mouse A appears in the teleported location

  3. T1 = Mouse A vanishes from the teleportation area (It is not "destroyed" like a Star Trek transporter - it traveled back in time)

  4. Mouse A exists in the teleported location alone.

Logistics dictate that up to 3 times per day, anything up to the size of a microwave oven can be teleported between 5 and 50 feet away by sending it back in time 0.5 seconds. The machine can't work when moving, but it is installed anywhere you want (a bank, office building, garage, back of a truck, port-O-potty, etc. and can teleport anything inside a safe, a drawer, room, garage, etc. as long as it is not moving when started.)

When the thing goes back in time, it exists twice: The original is waiting to teleport; and the teleported object is already at the destination (it went back). When the device activates 0.5 seconds after the object exists at the teleport destination, the original ceases to exist.

Here is a list of things you've Telecloned:

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What is the most profitable or beneficial thing a person could do with this technology?

Intro: Through M-Theory calculations I have conceived of a retro-causality device which can prevent a small focussed region of space from moving forward in time and space, very briefly. The operation is included below if you need it, but you should only need to read the bold bit below then dig deeper if you have questions. What happens to the test object?

Because it exists before it leaves it is essentially a clone for that brief time (if you push a button to send yourself back 2 minutes, you exist two minutes before you push the button so there are two of you until you push the button). (My device can NOT do 2 minutes BTW)

It teleports objects in a very specific direction depending on what time and date it is. Why? The object does not move, but the earth does, so it appears wherever that point in space was a split second ago. This is universe-centric anchoring.


How it works / Constraints
- The Geek Section:

The string theory formulas are not important for this question. The device focuses on a small region and cancels out the vibrations of the cosmic strings, simply superimposing adjacent strings out of phase creating a "flat" space. What this does is "anchor" that space to the Higgs Field (which is scalar and does not move in relative reference frames) for a fraction of a second.

The end result is that the region of space (and whatever is in it) stops flowing forward. It is as if the region is a boat on a river. When the vibration of the cosmic strings is cancelled out (by overlapping other strings 180-degrees out of phase), the boat gets "anchored" and stops moving. The river (time) however keeps moving forward around it. Logistically, the longer you hold the boat at anchor, the more strain is on the anchor line and the anchor lets go very quickly. At that point the boat begins moving with the water again. However, it is now BEHIND the current time. The effect is that the displaced space (and whatever is in it) comes into existence in the past - before it leaves. In the present

  • This device can only push an object back a fraction of a second; possibly 1 second at best. More reasonably only a couple milliseconds depending on the power source. You won't be having conversations with yourself or passing lottery numbers back.

  • The object is anchored in both space AND time - but the Earth moves. That means, because the Earth is spinning and traveling at several thousand miles per hour, the anchored space rejoins the time stream very far away from where it started (at the exact point in space which was there earlier).

  • The object briefly exists twice: It "enters existence" in the past, before you actually anchor it. Then, when the time overlaps the "original" finally disappears.

SANDBOX QUESTIONS

This seems like a list question and I’m trying to focus it to a meaningful application. I have a very detailed invention which has quirky operation, but that’s just the way the physics works. It’s messy, cumbersome, and unpredictable. Unlike most time travel which magically keeps you in the same place in a spinning planet, or just moves time around you, this tries to realistically introduce a device that moves something to the very-near past and the consequences are part of the story.

Time machine based power supply or weapon is all I have for ideas. But assume this technology was mainstream and your neighbor had one. How would it improve their daily grind? Or in contrast What are the dangers involved? How could it be abused or broken to create a crisis in the home? I’m looking for the “shocking consequence” of this technology on modern middle-class life.

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  • $\begingroup$ I briefly imagined a use as a burglary device. Imagine you place your valuables in a safe deposit box however the box was in the target zone of the telecloner; their goods can be removed (and theoretically replaced) without ever touching the lock. But I didn't want to pollute the well, that's a bit more complex than I wanted. I was imagining a shade-tree tinkerer has had a stroke of genius. $\endgroup$ – Vogon Poet Oct 30 at 19:43
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  • $\begingroup$ I can't think of any obvious reason not to post, but perhaps you should wait for a few more people to accept. $\endgroup$ – Globin347 Oct 30 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry about my earlier comment- It got cut off partway through. I was going to suggest a way to make a safe without a door, but it's questionable how useful that actually is. $\endgroup$ – Globin347 Oct 30 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ Oh I am awash with useless applications! Hence the question :) $\endgroup$ – Vogon Poet Oct 30 at 20:38
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"how can a personality develop separate from the soul"

The human soul is the spirit of a person and is the seat of an individual's personality. Emotions, memories, logic, etc, are all housed in the soul and is what makes a person "them". Demons are spiritual entities that exist in a parallel plane who seek to enter the mortal world. However, demons cannot simply take possession of a human body. Demons and human souls would repel each other due to their different constitutions, and the combination would end up destroying each other. For a demon to cross over, it needs to possess a living body that lacks a soul of its own.

An homunculus is an artificially made human that lacks a soul due to its creation. As it was not made through biological processes, it is removed from the natural process made by God, and is removed from his original plan. Therefore, it does not posses a soul of its own and is the perfect vessel for a demon to occupy as the host soul for the body. A powerful entity, Kassogtha, is worshiped by a cult which has produced an artificial human for the being to take control of. However, when the entity possessed the body of the infant, it found that it could not control its own bodily functions, and is not exactly a dignified position for a Great Old One to be in. Therefore, it decided to sleep and wait for a time where the child grew to an older age, so it can take control more adequately.

Due to the immortal nature of Kassogtha, he overestimated the time he would need for the child to grow, and slept longer than intended. Decades past, in which the child became a fully formed adult. During this time, the body developed its own personality and became its own individual, separate from Kassogtha. If the soul is the seat of the human personality, how could this happen with the soul being asleep and inactive the whole time?

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"What advantages would slow magic have over fast magic"

There are 2 forms of magic in this world, the first of which is performed through a series of steps. A mage sits in the center of a drawn invocation circle, surrounded by the various ingredients needed to perform the spell. The mage then utters the incantation, which can take anywhere from minutes to hours depending on the spell. The gods, being universally worshiped in the world, are morally ambiguous when it comes to magic. There are spells which require harmless ingredients like eye of newt, and there are spells that require the body parts of recently killed children. Either way, the gods are indifferent to concepts such as good and bad. The second form disregards invocation circles and the use of ingredients, simply depending on incantations to perform spells. It is therefore a quicker and more effective use of magic, saving time, resources, and expenses. however, it is regarded as evil due to the fact that it ignores the rituals of the gods ( ingredients, circles, etc).

Since the first form of magic is slow, it is very inconvenient when going up against a dark wizard. The latter would wipe the floor with them in a confrontation. Therefore, evil magic will always defeat good magic. What advantage can slow magic have over fast magic that would give them a chance of winning?

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Using the Universe Sandbox 2 simulator I created two habitable moons orbiting a class two gas giant, which orbits an sun like star. One of the moons has an albedo of .77. I looked up other celestial bodies that have a similar albedo and Venus was one of them. When I did more research on why Venus’s albedo was so high it was mentioned that the atmospheric cloud composition was responsible. It’s mostly carbon dioxide but it says clouds are also made up of sulfuric acid. That sounds like a toxic combination, which wouldn’t be good for human habitability.

I’d like to have a lot of clouds to help reflect away a lot of the reflected solar radiation coming off of the gas giant. What should the clouds be made of in order to get the albedo of .77 correct.

The gas giant has a higher albedo of .81 because there is a lot of water vapor in its atmosphere. I was thinking the moon could have a lot of water vapor in the atmosphere, but didn’t know if it was possible to do that. If it really is that simple how would I get a lot of water vapor into the atmosphere of the moon to account for the high albedo? I know covering the moon with ice would increase it’s albedo, but I’d prefer not to do that. Also, if water vapor in the atmosphere works out would that lead to constant rain on the moon?

I have more information on the gas giant and moon if it’s needed, I’m not sure what would be relevant but if any specs are needed please let me know. Thanks.

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I want to create a shell world build around a pretty heavy object. In this object a god is sealed away who is using almost all his power to prevent being crushed.

I was thinking about using a neutron star as this core object. However, for story purposes I need to be able to free him. So my question is, can we starlift a neutron star? If no, what other objects can I use?

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Scale of damage caused by a night of forced sleep?

One of the main plot elements of my story is a series of trials an unknown entity imposes on humanity, by periodically putting week-long curses on every human on Earth over the age of 13. There are other fantastical elements at work here, but for the purposes of the following question, they're irrelevant.

Now, for a while I've been struggling to come up with a good first "curse" to hit humanity with, one that would be dangerous in its own way, but wouldn't be so disruptive to modern society that it would threaten societal collapse from the week of lost productivity and infrastructure neglect. That way they have time to make contingency plans for when the entire adult population is eventually fully incapacitated for a week.

However, I've recently been entertaining the idea that perhaps I only need the part of the world my characters live in to dodge a bullet with the first one, and that causing massive chaos elsewhere in the world might be good for the story. But first I need to get a scale for how catastrophic this particular idea I have would be for the rest of the world.

Suppose the first curse, which begins at 12:00 EST, renders every adult on Earth unconscious as long as it isn't daytime where they are. They don't have to be directly exposed to the sun to stay conscious, but the second the sun goes down, they instantly black out and won't wake up until the next sunrise.

I imagine the places where it's daytime when this happens will have enough time to make reasonable preparations once they put two and two together from the footage online and on TV of places where it's already night and places where the sun is just rising, but in those places where it's already nighttime and it just instantly hits anyone who's still awake, my gut tells me this would cause a lot of damage. For just one example, crashing airplanes would cause massive fires that nobody over the age of 13 can put out or even escape, which would each kill hundreds of people by the time anyone's able to do anything about it. But I really feel like I can't even begin to grasp the consequences this would have on a country where this happens.

If, six hours before sunrise, everyone over the age of 13 were rendered incapable of being conscious until the run rises, what damage would this do to a modern developed nation in those initial six hours?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this is really broad. You mention airplanes but just think about land traffic - that will be a mess with a lot of casualties. And that's literally just traffic - we also have other whole sectors like services, factories, and others that can lead to fatalities and even worse - incidents like fires. Which then brings us to emergency services - the first fire that starts after sundown (and there can be a lot) will never be contained by the fire department. Nobody will also be treated in hospitals - both casualties of this event and any existing patients. It's A LOT OF STUFF. $\endgroup$ – VLAZ 5 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ @VLAZ Yeah, I was worried it was too broad. The information I'm trying to gather from this is the scale of the crisis the country would be dealing with by morning, and whether it would be something they could recover from, something that would reduce them to a third world nation overnight, or something that would essentially be an apocalypse that would leave most of the country dead. How should I rephrase the question to be able to get that information? $\endgroup$ – Jason Clyde 3 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ Feels like you should probably concentrate on how to prevent a catastrophe - what elements and factors can be put in to make sure whatever country that is remains intact after the night. Or perhaps, how to cause a catastrophe. You should specify the parameters you're after - having a nuclear power plant be out of supervision for an entire night might lead to an enormous disaster for not only this country by neighbouring ones, too. For comparison, some car crashes and missed production for one night are more survivable. So, focus on the end goal. Too many factors to guess the actual result. $\endgroup$ – VLAZ 3 hours ago

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