The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm Kindle Edition
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On the bright side, it has a good and expansive bibliography, but in some ways it's too big unless you have access to a major research library. A shorter list of recommended continued reading would have been nice.
Fortunately for us, Lewis Darnell has thought the problem through. This is not a book that is narrowly directed to those anticipating the eminent end of our civilization, though it would be a useful thing to have in that situation. Rather, it is an educational work which shows us how dependent we are on the accumulated knowledge passed on to us from countless generations of our ancestors for meeting our daily needs.
This is not light reading, but the careful reader will find rich rewards in wading through the vast technical knowledge of this author.
What I learned from this book is to never doubt the resilience of humans in the face of whatever adversity we encounter. At the same time, you will be surprised to find out how deeply dependent all of us are on things about which we know little or nothing.
It makes you think on the fragility of our world as we know it, coming from the last couple of centuries of high energy availability at low price, and how we depend on this for our life.
We are proposed a scenario where this is not anymore available, with clues on how to recover, and pointers to where to find information to gather. Not for eager preppers, but for general public to understand the situation as it is.
Does not cover in my opinion the danger from the removal of rational thinking, and how to grant the same level of freedom of thought we have today: remember Clarke's three laws <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke%27s_three_laws> and what religion has done in the past to undermine development.
Project a couple of generation in this post apocalypse and you will see the danger for recovering "scientists" to be burned on pyres (again !).
2015/10/03 Addendum: Dr. Dartnell also sponsors a forum for readers of his book: discuss.the-knowledge.org
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