Thanks to everyone who has responded to the private email from maurice goldsmith.
Please be patient! It would be difficult for Maurice to reply to everyone.
I have suggested to Maurice that he include the ID's of each person in the groups of five he is writing.
Then, if you are willing, you might reach out to the other members of your group to see if you have some interests in common.
Please (everyone) ... keep in mind that you are granted a "license" to post on the forum by Dr. Dartnell.
When I approached Dr. Dartnell about the forum, he revealed that it had not "taken off". I undertook an effort to try to bring the forum back to life.
Messages that are full of gloom and doom and NOT helpful! What I am looking for are testimonials of accomplishment.
Maurice just posted remarkable sets of images of his recent visits to historical facilities for creating fabric.
Can someone take on the task of recreating those machines and techniques, and posting progress?
At the same time, while the inventiveness of our ancestors is remarkable and impressive, I do NOT think we are bound to recreate the path they took.
For one thing, NONE of the techniques developed over thousands of years for making thread have any practical significance for a colony on Mars or the Moon.
The Knowledge Forum, while addressing the current vulnerability of our (somewhat advanced) civilization, is also well positioned to assist with development of practices that will work well for future residents of communities off Earth.
Thus, I will be looking for ways to make artificial thread, so that the entire phase of growing plants (or insects) to make thread can be eliminatd.
3D Printing shows a possible way forward, since "threads" of hot plastic are extruded in sizes comparable to existing thread.
Such extruded thread probably already exists in nylon.
For recreation of a fabric industry, whether on Earth in a remote or isolated location, or away from Earth, it would be helpful to document and build working examples of systems of machines able to create small quantities of fabric.
The Knowledge Forum is also (potentially) a place where entire new industries can be envisioned and described, and gradually brought into being.
A positive attitude is essential for the rebirth of the forum to succeed.
Since Dr. Dartnell is NOT supervising editorial content of postings, it is up to each person who contributes to think carefully of the effect of his (or her) words on others.
Will the posting encourage others to feel good about themselves, and inspired to contribute in turn?
May every member of The Knowledge forum grow financially, intellectually, socially and beyond.