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How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch If our technological society collapsed tomorrow perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors What crucial knowledge would they need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as uickly as possible a guide for rebooting the world Human knowledge is collective distributed across the population It has built on itself for centuries becoming vast and increasingly specialized Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us happily utilizing the latest or even the most basic technology without having the slighte. I read a lot of Prepper books and in general a lot of apocalyptic literature This one was a uick read because it sucked Dartnell had the kernel of a good idea but then lost steam about 50 pages into the book and what he filled the remaining 250 with was a stretchGood points explaining how to get certain base material chemicals from natural sources Bad points he did not think deeply about what were the critical enabling technologies for rebooting his term life He assumes that today s technology and standard of living is something we should strive to re create without asking about technical priorities or indeed about how to set up social structures to perpetuate a decent standard of living What good does it do to tell me about what a proper harness for a horse looks like if I haven t been told how to keep horses alive in the first place It s great that hickory is a good wood for making gears and elm for making wagon wheels but how many 21st century urbanites can tell hickory from elm from maple Can you And why tell me that forceps can be useful in delivery of a baby without telling me anything about the basics of normal midwifery Why try to tell me about electric cars after society has fallen apart being a effective useable energy per acre use of biofuels once you ve told me that by the time we get to that point the roads will be in a state of disrepair so as to make them uselessI m tempted to re write his reboot Start from a realistic assumption about what the world is like and who my audience is Are they living in a post pandemic Boston in 2050 Great What s the climate What input materials are they likely to have Can they really scavenge so much from grocery stores in this scenario since pandemic say flu isn t going to kill off everyone overnight The moribund living will be eating the canned goods leaving the survivors with nothing OK so I find myself in 2050 Boston with a growing season that now runs from date to date annual rainfall of x and the following animalplantinsect hazards I ve gathered a commune full of survivors and we ve set up a social structure which one what has succeeded in the past for groups like this and found a way to defend ourselves against other groups What are our scavenging priorities Hint don t tell me how to make fertilizer Tell me to locate and stockpile it so I have years of it to work with Tell me what seeds to find and preserve and how to preserve them How do I manage birth control What books from the library should I make it a priority to rescue before the building starts leaking and the rats start nesting in the books What resources should I scavenge from what museums what museums have working spinning wheels looms andor take over What standard of living should I shoot for What was available in 1400 1600 1800 And tell me what they knew at that time Don t tell me how to build a radio Tell me how to keep sheep aliveThis book has a tantalizing title but disappointing contents because while it s clear the author knows a lot he didn t think very much Out of Breath (Breathing, technological society from scratch If our A Profound Secret technological society collapsed Moby-Dick tomorrow perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact what would be The Double Silence the one book you would want Enemies of Promise to press into Walking Nature Home the hands of Behind Bars the postapocalyptic survivors What crucial knowledge would Walking For Fitness they need Naked. 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The Knowledge How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

St idea of why it works or how it came to be If you had to go back to absolute basics like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe would you know how to re create an internal combustion engine put together a microscope get metals out of rock accurately tell time weave fibers into clothing or even how to produce food for yourself Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a uickstart guide adapted to cataclysmic circumstances  The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of ot. You find yourself and a band of others the survivors of a Charleton Heston like apocalypse You are the last people on earth How do you rebuild If infrastructure hasn t been demolished you have a grace period where you can scavenge of the corpse of the old world but pretty soon you and the other survivors will have to restart civilization None of us in the modern world can single handedly produce a pencil not to mention an iPhone This book presents the hardy survivor of a holocaust a way to build your own civilization from the ruins Be warned it won t be nearly as fun as a video game The first part gives tips on how scavenge from the old world as it crumbles away and progresses on to tell you how to restart agriculture relearn metallurgy learn how to make simple machines and euipment begin to provide medicine start producing power In other words it holds the important shortcuts learned from millennia of wrong turns and dead ends to go from being pretty much a hunter and gatherer to a industrial civilization It is a nice emergency book to have in case of the apocalypse but frankly makes for some grim reading

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Her technologies all interlinked and mutually dependent You can’t hope to build a radio for example without understanding how to acuire the raw materials it reuires as well as generate the electricity needed to run it But Dartnell doesn’t just provide specific information for starting over; he also reveals the greatest invention of them all the phenomenal knowledge generating machine that is the scientific method itself This would allow survivors to learn technological advances not explicitly explored in  The Knowledge as well as things we have yet to discover The Knowledge is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itsel. This book was delightful I am a big humanities history guy Unfortunately I ve got a bit of a mental block when it comes to science The second somebody starts describing the details of chemistry or engineering I just kind of tune out What Mr Dartnell has achieved here is an excellent way to draw people like me into a broader understanding of our technological civilization The premise is simple He doesn t spend too much time on the details but he imagines a complete societal collapse What would happen then How would we rebuild As a apocalypse nerd I found the premise irresistible enough to pick it up at an airport in Malta Dartnell then stealthily drew me into a detailed history of science and engineering with a strong emphasis on the world s chemical underpinnings I must confess that I didn t follow all of it but when I took the time to walk through his explanations I got a ton out of them The degree to which we are completely dependent on modern chemistry to sustain ourselves was something I was always aware of but this book has done an excellent job of fleshing out that understanding The central importance of certain fertilizers in carrying about a uarter of us was something that was made chillingly clear If the worst comes who knows this book could well be what s needed to re start things Regardless I know I will benefit from a re reading at some point Most of my finished books get passed on but I think I ll be holding on to this one for a while


10 thoughts on “The Knowledge How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

  1. says:

    I read a lot of Prepper books and in general a lot of apocalyptic literature This one was a uick read because it sucked Dartnell had the kernel of a good idea but then lost steam about 50 pages into the book and what he filled the remaining 250 with was a stretchGood points explaining how to get certain base material chemicals from natural s

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    Thank you to both Netgalley and Random House UK for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review If someone cam

  3. says:

    This book is going to need two reviewsThe first – would I want this book to be in my library should the world end? I’m afraid the answer i

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    You find yourself and a band of others the survivors of a Charleton Heston like apocalypse You are the last people on earth How do you rebuild If infrastructure hasn't been demolished you have a grace period where you can scavenge of the corpse

  5. says:

    This book is absolutely hilarious It’s not meant to be but it is Published in 2015 it is a handbook for rebuilding civilization after say an a

  6. says:

    I picked this up after reading Station Eleven a fictional account of a group of global Pandemic survivors It is essentially a how to book on what you need to know in order to survive and reboot our world if that Pandemic

  7. says:

    I admit I'm a junkie for those YouTube channels that examine the complex modern world by attempting to deconstruct modern products back to their humble beginnings; you know like that dude who tried to make a business suit by breeding

  8. says:

    This book was delightful I am a big humanities history guy Unfortunately I've got a bit of a mental block when it

  9. says:

    “The Knowledge” is meant as an assist to the human race But to properly aid the human race in a post apocalypse future two things are reuired One is technical knowledge The other is an understanding of the hum

  10. says:

    I have to admit that I struggled to read this book It's not very engaging or well written In many cases it reads like one of those science text books that I hated when I was at school However despite this it does have an interesting premise even though I consider it to be flawed The premise is that the population of the United King

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