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There is this new proposal that is quite hot on Area51 now. Scientific Imagination. As it's description says, it is for the people who are interested in questions involving imaginary scenarios and scientific, educational, and fun answers for those questions.

I found some questions that might be on-topic here:

However the difference of this from Stack Exchange science sites is, the proposal is intended to be like what-if.xkcd.com. So it does not only ask for answers, but also invites answerers to let loose their imagination.

Do any of you think this proposal could be a partial duplicate of Earth Science?

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There would certainly be a degree of overlap, on questions relating to earth sciences. However, if questions were asked here that were primarily about imagining fun & silly things, they would probably be closed as "primarily opinion-based" - so I think the actual overlap would be pretty small.

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Yes, and of any science stack exchange. Part of being a scientist is imagining these types of senarios, and even famous things comes of it, for example, The Drake Equation. I think it would be best suited of those questions were proposed in their respective science stack exchange.

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  • $\begingroup$ But, there's a slight difference. While all SE science sites ask for answers, Scientific Imagination asks for answers+imagination. It is intended to be like what-if.xkcd.com $\endgroup$ – sampathsris Aug 29 '14 at 4:27
  • $\begingroup$ Oh I see. Interesting point, though I still think science SEs should facilitate the imagination as well, as long as they are carefully asked and responded to. $\endgroup$ – Neo Aug 29 '14 at 4:29

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