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Re: 'To Be Taught If Fortunate' and 'The Second Sleep'

In case anyone's interested in the 6 possible causes of the apocalypse given, they're: Climate change A nuclear exchange A super-volcano eruption, leading to rapidly accelerated climate change A asteroid strike, also causing accelerated climate change A general failure of computer technology due eit...
by Bruce Mardle
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:10 am
 
Forum: Best post-apoc novels?
Topic: 'To Be Taught If Fortunate' and 'The Second Sleep'
Replies: 1
Views: 47

'To Be Taught If Fortunate' and 'The Second Sleep'

More by chance than design, I've been reading 2 novels that feature apocalypses. I should warn readers that this message contains spoilers. The 1st novel is 'To Be Taught If Fortunate' by Becky Chambers. It's about a team on a decades-long space flight who stop receiving messages from Earth. Eventua...
by Bruce Mardle
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:05 pm
 
Forum: Best post-apoc novels?
Topic: 'To Be Taught If Fortunate' and 'The Second Sleep'
Replies: 1
Views: 47

New Scientist 20 Jan 2018

I see the cover story on New Scientist is "The worrying signs that civilisation has started to collapse".
Can't read most of it yet, though, cos my library doesn't have the latest edition (or the 1 before) :(
by Bruce Mardle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:31 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: New Scientist 20 Jan 2018
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Views: 2039

Elon Musk vs. AI

I can't remember if Dr Dartnell mentioned an artificial intelligence takeover as a possible end to (human) civilisation, but there's an interesting article about it from 'Vanity Fair': http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x It's over 8,000 words bu...
by Bruce Mardle
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:14 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: Elon Musk vs. AI
Replies: 0
Views: 1418

'The Coming Plague'

I've just bought a copy of The Coming Plague, but since it's 780 pages I may have been killed by the coming plague before I finish it!
by Bruce Mardle
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:55 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 3553

"May you live in interesting times"

I've liked that curse since I first heard it. Funnily enough, someone quoted it to me about 18 hours ago.
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:27 am
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 3553

TEOTWAWKI

Interesting stuff, Dave. I haven't read the disease link (or book!) yet but hope to do so soon (if I don't get distracting reading Explain Like I'm Five (ELI5) or thinking up T-shirt slogans ("TEOTWAWKI is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there", "TEOTWAWKI: Like Milw...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:20 am
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 3553

Re: Hi, everyone; collected errata?

Hi, Dave. I've heard of dandelion root tea but never tasted it, though there are usually plenty of dandelions about! I think that during World War 2 there were a few 'ersatz' coffees, e.g. chicory. I think I've even seen that in shops, though not for years. It took about 6 months from registering to...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:12 am
 
Forum: New members
Topic: Hi, everyone; collected errata?
Replies: 3
Views: 2454

Re: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry

I think modern amateur chemists (clandestine or otherwise) have created a lot of chemical processes because no major chemical company will sell any chemical that's remotely hazardous to individuals (and as Paracelsus said, it is the dose alone that makes a substance not a poison). There are lots of ...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:31 am
 
Forum: 5. Substances
Topic: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry
Replies: 2
Views: 1719

Re: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry

That's a subject that interests me. I think I've gathered what I know about it from various sources. http://cavemanchemistry.com/oldcave/ has some interesting projects, though it's far from comprehensive. (There's an update/book but I prefer the old version!) I used to work in a museum (in a castle!...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:27 am
 
Forum: 5. Substances
Topic: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry
Replies: 2
Views: 1719
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