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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.


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. $\endgroup$ – 011358 smell Aug 28 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ thank you, @Chickensarenotcows! $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Aug 28 at 9:34
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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. $\endgroup$ – 011358 smell Aug 31 at 3:37
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Doe Could you read the last couple of comments and respond? $\endgroup$ – 011358 smell 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 Oct 9 at 15:18

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?

  • $\begingroup$ "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

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?


Following the Laws of Physics, Would a Creation God Slowly Die?

My story is based on science, but it has gods and deities.

One of the most important laws of physics is the Law of Conservation of Energy. Loosely stated, it says:

Energy cannot be created or destroyed; only changed from one form to another.

This law is strictly followed in my story. Nothing can come from nothing, and everything comes from somewhere.

That being said:

If a god continues to create worlds and universes, will that god die over time? Being unable to create something from nothing, they would need to use a part of themselves.

In the beginning, there was just the god. Alone in the vast darkness of space. Eventually the god decided to create things, and it created the universe. To do so, it needed to use a portion of its own existence.

  • $\begingroup$ You need to define what a God does or is in this question. You are implying that a God uses their Own energy to create worlds and Universes, while it might be possible that a God simply manipulates energy. You also don't address if a God can possibly restore their energy. Unless you define the capabilities of your God, this question would fall under POB or too broad. $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Oct 7 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Shadowzee I agree. Also, a God might be using some outside energy to create the universes. So, again - clarification needed on what "God" is and how it operates. $\endgroup$ – VLAZ Oct 8 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ A supernatural being is supernatural. Physics is literally knowledge about nature (= physis in Greek, hence physika meaning natural things). Physics does not apply to gods by definition. (And the word energy has an entirely different meaning when speaking about God, and generally in metaphysics.) $\endgroup$ – AlexP Oct 10 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ Are its creations recyclable? Being unable to create energy from nothing does not imply that they cannot be 100% efficient in all they do. $\endgroup$ – Starfish Prime Oct 12 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ You may need to clarify what the death of a god entails. Creating universes may simply mean it ceases to exist. So when the universe ceases, the god reappears. Also, it depends on how much of a god is needed to create a universe. If a god builds a cosmos from only one-trillionth of itself, its existence will be unaffected. $\endgroup$ – a4android Oct 13 at 11:48
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexP Interesting points. The OP's deities are bound by physics. It's a basic assumption in their world. This may present other problems when it comes to the creation of a universe for such a deity. $\endgroup$ – a4android Oct 13 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ I can see how a deity could continue to create universes & worlds and yet avoid self-annihilation. By logic alone. Can you clarify what you want to happen to the gods? Otherwise, the answers you get will be yes or perhaps or no because it can be avoided. $\endgroup$ – a4android Oct 13 at 11:56

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.

  • $\begingroup$ 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 2 days ago

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?

  • $\begingroup$ 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

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