Zhai2Nan2: Medieval commentators on the Gospel believed that Jesus turned himself invisible in some passages. I will have to look up the citation. At one point there was a crowd that wanted to lynch him, but he “passed by them unseen.” I will post about that when time permits. Thanks for your post.
Chris C.: The Dutch. Can anyone imagine, even with the aid of lots of alcohol and/or drugs, anything remotely like this happening in a mall or other public place in these United States? Of course not. Because we are the land of the free and the home of the brave! Not. I will leave the rest of the rant as a homework project for anyone not on blood pressure medication.
Nick B. Steves: In an age where the only way out of “evil” neighborhoods is to buy your way out, the people who would most benefit from escape, the ones who are just priced out of a way out, are the most oppressed. Legally enforced race-blindness is therefore supremely racist.
Zhai2Nan2: I was a big fan of Thundarr when it was first broadcast. I went back in the year 2002 and took another look at the writing qualities of all of the 19 episodes that I could find. At least 17 of the 19 had (in my opinion) above-average sci-fi qualities. One was essentially a 1970s-style Dukes of Hazzard rip-off, and one, the final episode, seemed to be a politically motivated attempt to introduce lots of female replacement characters.
Scipio Americanus: The persistent radiotoxicity is actually pretty low. Remember, the general rule is that the more radioactive the substance, the shorter the half life, and the quicker it’s gone. The studies I’ve seen indicate that it would be safe to plant a vegetable garden at a groundburst ground zero after 3-5 years. There are certain concentration effects, though, that could cause some areas to remain dangerous for much longer. It’s also heavily dependent on the targeting scheme...
Bongstar420: Ironically, if Empiricism and Naturalism are not maintained, the Manual of Civilization will have little use, since no one would understand how to understand and the knowledge would degenerate into a religion. These are philosophies.
Bongstar420: It might not immediately destroy everything, but what is not clear from this illustration is if civilization could persist the radiotoxicity that would be around for a century or two. How much persistent radio toxicity would result, and what would the probable distribution be?
Grasspunk: Kelly, Brand, and Eno are all old Global Business Network folks from the 90s. I was going to have a rant about how these folk are kinda like the B-Ark, but I started reading the comment thread on the “evolved” link above and now I’m laughing too much to get grumpy.
Grasspunk: A lot of that has done before by people that are more practical, e.g. http://www.cd3wd.com/CD3 WD_40/CD3WD/index.htm.
William Newman: “For this list to be properly made one must ask experts in the following fields to contribute (in approx. order of importance)” I think it depends on what timescale you’re thinking of. Your list makes a fair amount of sense if your goal is minimizing the badness of the first 5-15 years after some catastrophe that hammers civilization back to bare subsistence. But if you have a longer-term view, general technical knowledge that’s upstream from a lot of technology...