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There is an increasing tend on the Stack to measure "possible, plausible, and probable" by Real Life I've noted over the last six months that more and more people are judging questions by real life and not by the rules of the world of the OP. It's not overwhelming, but it is, IMO, a growing problem. However, the Stack has always had to push back on ...


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Any answer we can give here will be purely speculative until the miserable miscreants reveal their own rationales. In skimming the query, I can really only conclude that the issue might be one of your style of presentation. As originally written, it was as has been said, a wall of text. Walls of text are unpopular because we have to slog through them. This ...


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I think this problem boils down to the fact that the real world is the logical basis for comparison, and that excludes magic as people tend to mean the term here. This shows up with any questions like "Is X plausible?" or "Is X biologically possible?"; the second one is what your example is ultimately asking, incidentally. Questions of ...


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By and large, the problem with such questions is that they ask if something is "plausible". What is plausible depends on the skill of the story-teller; let me give you an example: Within the forest glades they found the house of Circe, built of polished stone in a place of wide outlook, and round about it were mountain wolves and lions, whom Circe ...


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Maybe the example is poorly conceived, but if you state I don't care how they came to be in the first place you are kinda defeating the point of asking in the next line can such things exist based on what we know of biology? That apart, biology as we know it doesn't involve magic, so, again, dropping in magic and then asking if that's possible based on ...


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This is a matter of WB.SE culture. JBH hammers an important nail in the coffin of magical questions by noting that many folks judge queries by real life (i.e., the Real World as we so imperfectly know it). They want things to make sense in a fantasy world just as they make sense in the real world. And this, in such a shallow way of looking at things, means ...


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