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Hypothetical questions

This poll asks questions regarding our desires to change life and nature from what things are to what we'd prefer them to be.
1. If there was a way for you to no longer require sleep--your body's physiological requirement of sleep no longer existed and you were in a permanent state of being freshly rested--would you choose to give up sleep?
Yes--there is so much else I could do with that time.
No--I like sleep and dreams and would miss it.
Maybe--I'd try it only if I could undo this change.
My preferred response is not listed.
1-b. If you selected NO in the previous question, would you rather have the ability to choose whether or not you need sleep? If you want to stay awake for days/weeks/years on end without becoming tired you can, but if you lay down to take a nap you will be able to fall asleep like normal if you miss dreaming.
Yes--I said no previously but I'd like this option better.
Yes--I said "yes" previously but would like to change to this plan.
No--I still don't think this is a good idea; nature shouldn't be disrupted.
Maybe--I'm still not completely sold on the idea but would try it if it's reversible.
My preferred answer is not listed here.
2. If there was a way to eliminate the body's need to urinate, would you go for it?
Yes--I hate having to urinate and would like it if I didn't have to.
Yes--no comment, just yes.
No--no comment, just no.
No--I like urination and would miss it.
No--I'm afraid of what alternatives nature might come up with!
Maybe--it would depend on various details.
My preferred answer is not listed.
3. If there was a way to eliminate the body's need to expel waste through defecation, would you go for it?
Yes--pooping is an inconvenience and/or disgusting so I'd choose this.
Yes--no comment, just yes.
No--no comment, just no.
No--I enjoy defecation and would miss it; I'd rather live with it than without.
No--nature should not be altered.
No--I'm afraid of what alternatives nature might come up with!
Maybe--depends on various details.
My preferred answer is not listed.
4. This applies to anybody but especially those who wear corrective lenses. Which would you rather have: perfect eyesight with poor night vision, or imperfect eyesight (needs glasses) with excellent night vision?
Perfect eyesight with poor night vision.
Imperfect eyesight with excellent night vision.
Neither choice--I like my eyes and vision as they are now.
5. This is as hypothetical as it gets but is a question that popped to mind. Which ONE of these abilities would you most want to have? (Your reasoning behind your choice will not be questioned.)
Invisibility at will.
Ability to fly under your own power (arm flapping not required).
Ability to create mentally-generated wormhole passages in time and space.
Out-of-body travel to anywhere in time and space.
Incredibly fast running speed.
Breathing under water.
Ability to shrink or expand to any size.
Telescope vision--eyes can zoom in on great distances.
Microscope vision--eyes can zoom in down to the atomic scale.
Super senses--all your senses are magnified 1000 times.
Supercomputer brain--all capabilities of your brain are a billion times faster.
Super memory--every memory through life is as fresh and clear as a second ago.
Some other ability not listed.
6. If there was a way to eliminate the body's physiological need to breathe air (respiration through skin, for example), would you go for it?
Yes--it would come in handy when living in a high-smog area.
No--I like breathing and wouldn't want to give it up.
Maybe--as long as I still could breathe and smell things when I chose to.
My preferred answer is not listed.
7. If there was a brain implant available that let you connect a computer and the internet directly to your brain so you saw it in your mind and controlled it by thought--including the transfer of imagination or memory to picture, sound, or movie files--and could even do computer things subconsciously while sleeping, would you get that implant?
Yes--absolutely! It would be easier to use and I could use it while sleeping.
Yes--It generally sounds like a good idea.
Yes--no comment, just yes.
No--no comment, just no.
No--I would not want my brain tampered with.
No--I'd be afraid somebody would develop a method of brain-hacking.
No--It generally sounds like a bad idea.
Maybe--it would depend on various details.
My perferred answer is not listed, or I'd choose more than one of these answers.
8. Dreaming is a mysterious but natural part of sleep. They are most often associated with a good restful sleep. Would you give up dreams in exchange for improved quality or a different time length of sleep?
Yes--I'd take a better and/or longer/shorter sleep in exchange for dreams.
No--I really like dreaming and would not give it up.
Maybe--I'd give up dreams in exchange for some other improvement.
9. And now for the obligatory rating question: This is my first Misterpoll poll, so what did you think?
Very good--Interesting and fun.
Good--Almost perfect but not quite.
Mediocre/average/OK.
Bad--It needs some work but has potential.
Very bad--Honestly shouldn't have been created.
No opinion.
10. New question, 10-10-03: If there was some way to quickly and easily change your gender (say it happens overnight while you sleep by some mysterious or magical process), would you do it? [This is not talking about sex-change operations.]
Male--Yes, I would become female even if it is permanent.
Male--Yes, I'd become female, even if it's one time and I can't return after going back to male.
Male--Yes, I'd become female, only if I had the free ability to go back and forth between the two.
Male--No, I would not try being female even if I had the free ability to return to being male.
Female--Yes, I would become male even if it is permanent.
Female--Yes, I'd become male, even if it's one time and I can't return after going back to female.
Female--Yes, I'd become male, only if I had the free ability to go back and forth between the two.
Female--No, I would not try being male even if I had the free ability to return to being female.
11. New question 3-12-04: If there was a way to eliminate the body's physiological need to eat (such as absorbing all necessary energy from sunlight, water, and the atmosphere, or some dietary supplement that contains everything we need in a day's worth of food) without it resulting in loss of weight any lower than an ideal or healthy weight, would you go for it?
Yes--eating is an inconvenience and I wouldn't miss it.
Yes--as long as I can still enjoy things like candy, gum, etc.
Maybe--only if I have the free ability to eat if/when I want.
Maybe--it would depend on varous details.
No--I like eating, and nature shouldn't be tampered with.
No--I'd be afraid of what the long-term health effects might be.
My preferred answer is not listed.
This poll was created on 2002-06-24 21:15:07 by Skyfox