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A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

If civilization is to survive it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature. From A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright SPOILER ALERT: It's not looking good for civilization. This book fits in well with the theme of this topic. It's a survey of several, fallen empire/civilizations...
by Dave Z
Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:21 am
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: How Empires End...
Replies: 6
Views: 3199

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov This is a classic SciFi trilogy , which I feel has much to offer the discussion of how to implement and transmit The Knowledge. It is set in the far, fully human future (no aliens... robots in later books but not the trilogy). A galactic Empire has had a long ...
by Dave Z
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Best post-apoc novels?
Topic: The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Replies: 0
Views: 442

Ringworld by Larry Niven

The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven Ringworld and its related series is SF, set in Earth's future and a Dyson Ring (vs sphere... blow up a planet and put the bits in orbit around a star at about 1AU... build tall walls along the side to keep the atmosphere in.. live on the inner face with zillions ...
by Dave Z
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Best post-apoc novels?
Topic: Ringworld by Larry Niven
Replies: 0
Views: 299

The Agile Approach

The Agile Approach can be applied to most any project, and has had great success in accelerating output. My guess is it would be very useful for the tinker phase of reboot. Manifesto for Agile (Software) Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others ...
by Dave Z
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:12 am
 
Forum: How quickly could you accelerate a reboot of civilisation?
Topic: The Agile Approach
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Scientific Method (The Greatest Invention): Flowcharts

Image searching "scientific method flowchart" I came across three that seemed fairly clear and typical. Seems like a good place to start discussion. Flow charts strike me as a viable option, whose chief value is that connections are expressed graphically rather than vie somewhat obfuscatio...
by Dave Z
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:34 am
 
Forum: 13. The Greatest Invention
Topic: Scientific Method (The Greatest Invention)
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Scientific Method (The Greatest Invention)

I'm taking the liberty, in this sub-topic, of returning to the chapter focus from The Knowledge (rather than the thought experiment posed by Dr. Dartnell in his ReadMe post). To my mind, the Scientific Method is the Greatest Invention. The seed of all the rest. It took thousands of years to work out...
by Dave Z
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:47 am
 
Forum: 13. The Greatest Invention
Topic: Scientific Method (The Greatest Invention)
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Re: Bunker Down or Bug Out?

Here's a link to my full thoughts on this issue: http://teotwurbulence.blogspot.com/2015/05/ruminations-on-shtf-strategy.html In brief, my partner and I are more bug out than in . But a better description is present infinitive; bugged out . The main problem with hunkering down (bug in), as I see it,...
by Dave Z
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: Bunker Down or Bug Out?
Replies: 10
Views: 3463

Money Tokens as a Medium for The Knowledge

The thread titled Money under this header kicked loose a thought... How about using currency tokens (bills or coins) as a medium for some aspect of The Knowledge? ⋅ Like the 'State' tokens in the Eurozone or US, concise bits of The Knowledge might be directly printed or cast in different r...
by Dave Z
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:20 pm
 
Forum: How best to preserve vital knowledge?
Topic: Money Tokens as a Medium for The Knowledge
Replies: 0
Views: 336

Assess, Address, Amend

My partner and I use this as a mantra of sorts. To me, it encapsulates the Scientific Method in micro, and describes what I think of as the upward Spiral of Knowledge . Step through it, or maybe dance through it, weaving all three into forward motion. Repeat. Assess - What is the situation? What are...
by Dave Z
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:08 am
 
Forum: What single sentence do you think encapsulates most information?
Topic: Assess, Address, Amend
Replies: 2
Views: 745

Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry

I actually came to The Knowledge looking for a Book of desert island chemistry. What I'm hoping for is a book with the following: Basic chemistry principles Basic lab tools, improvised Guide to natural sources for elements useful to 'survivors' Isolation and refinement techniques for those elements ...
by Dave Z
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:26 am
 
Forum: 5. Substances
Topic: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry
Replies: 2
Views: 466
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