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Re: Basic Social Construct

The problem with "Commandments" is, who is commanding them?
by Bookben
Sun May 25, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: What single sentence do you think encapsulates most information?
Topic: Basic Social Construct
Replies: 6
Views: 9204

Learn the truth.

I think the quest of science is to know the truth. Not just a story, or wishful thinking. It was Galileo's point. "Still, it moves." I think Feynman also said science is a "Way of not fooling ourselves." It works in the natural world, it works in government...probably in anything...
by Bookben
Sun May 25, 2014 3:45 am
Forum: What single sentence do you think encapsulates most information?
Topic: Learn the truth.
Replies: 0
Views: 2487

Re: Arrival

That is a provocative subject. Robert Heinlein handled it not unlike the approach suggested by Dr. Dartnell. In Heinlein's "Tunnel In The Sky," the galaxy was being colonized through "jump gates" linking to other planets through a kind of hyperspace, or folded space. Anyway, colo...
by Bookben
Sun May 25, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: How to build a civilization from scratch on another world?
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 6
Views: 9269

Tom Waits! And Johnny Cash

Boy, did you call that one right. Let me tell you--during my time in Afghanistan, Tom Waits suddenly sprung into my senses. A lot of the music I'd used to love just burned away in that wasteland. I found myself gravitating to Waits, and oddly, Johnny Cash. Yeah, man, I'm serious. I grew up in rural ...
by Bookben
Thu May 22, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Best post-apoc music?
Topic: Tom Waits! And Johnny Cash
Replies: 3
Views: 5372

Midwest calling

Hi, and thanks for this neat site, Dr. Dartnell, not to mention a wonderful book. I'm a former reporter, and now teaching at a small college here. I think I became interested in this subject due to a number of reasons--for one, I grew up (as did many) under the nuclear shadow. All my family served i...
by Bookben
Sun May 18, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: New members
Topic: Midwest calling
Replies: 0
Views: 1899

Alas Babylon

This book, by Pat Frank, is my favorite of the genre. For one, it's the most hopeful of the "Cold War" era apocalyptic novels. It was written by Pat Frank, a former war correspondent who had seen first-hand what war-torn countries look like in his travels during World War II and Korea. He ...
by Bookben
Mon May 12, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Best post-apoc novels?
Topic: Alas Babylon
Replies: 0
Views: 2539

Red Dawn

This movie is startlingly like an invasion of the then-Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The movie just didn't go far enough (at the time of its release, the country was still occupied). I've seen what the aftermath of a Soviet Invasion looks like. I was an embedded journalist in Afghanistan in 2004 for ...
by Bookben
Mon May 12, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Best post-apoc films?
Topic: Red Dawn
Replies: 0
Views: 3014

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