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TEOMCROTE = TEOTWAWKI on steroids! The End Of Mankind's Current Reign Over The Earth takes into account that our ancestors were neither suicidal, stupid, nor our genetic inferiors but still wound up getting wiped off the Earth. Whereas CSER [cser.org: Centre for Study of Existential Risk] tries to PREVENT this dispensation from coming to an end, TEOMCROTE works from the eventuality/possibility/probability that the end our age takes place and what to do then

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If the currency after 2012 will consist of things like seeds and knowledge, it would be best NOT to distribute such indescriminately...
If you have a million bucks and you walk around telling everybody you have it, you're asking for trouble. If information and knowledge are paramount, yelling out to strangers that you have loads of that, is asking for trouble. There will be those who recognize that knowledge = power = money; they will come for yours.
People who have managed to save knowledge will not only be ABLE to barter with it, perhaps they SHOULD.
Knowledge isn't like coins; it takes wisdom to deal with. Not just any idiot can deal with knowledge appropriately.
In the end, whatever knowledge you have AFTER 2012, you'd probably be wise to keep secret. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't barter with it or arrange that it is saved no matter what, it just means that if the PEOPLE who had the wisdom to save knowledge aren't safe from being raided of all they have, who is going to make sure the knowledge gets saved?

Avoiding that mankind falls back into a stone age will also be about PEOPLE, people who will face dangers posed by ignorant survivors who didn't prepare and are desperate for knowledge and seeds and stuff.
If that means that people who prepare now are at an advantage then, isn't that just natural selection at work? Who's to say that isn't how all of our ancestors were determined...? Logic and wisdom suggest that just throwing your wealth out to those who don't appreciate it is foolishness, whether it's money today or knowledge tomorrow.
A fool's a fool, whether you give 'm millions or no. Saving knowledge should be about saving it FOR MANKIND, not necessarily for your neighbors post 2012...

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:
know yourself
know your enemy
location, location, location


Understanding the roots of TODAY's civilization will allow for the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom regarding TOMORROW's (post-2012) society. How can you work on tomorrow if you don't get today? How can you help others if you don't get yourself? Etc.

One of the greatest things to get is what it took to get where we are today, technologically speaking. Millennia passed by but in a few decades we took a quantum leap into the technological age, able to destroy our planet, reach other planets, and learn about things we can't even see with our eyes.
Why? Why was this apparently sudden leap possible? What got us here? These are not rhetorical questions, they are serious ones. They are not mysteries; the answers can be understood by mainstream knowledge.

For millennia people worked with a few basic technologies; things they more-or-less discovered by accident: how to make gunpowder, alum, potash, muriatic acid, lye, sal-ammoniac, caustic soda, soda ash, vitriol; these were essential but every-day components of ancient civilizations for centuries.
Advancements happened at a very slow rate until the global quantum leap happened. What started it? What made it possible?

Knowledge of the periodic table made it possible to fill in missing gaps but THIS was preceded by knowledge of electricity. Electricity was an important component in acquiring the missing pieces. A lot of elements can only be acquired through electrical techniques. The advent of electricity, therefore, made many routes of development possible that were impossible during the millennia before.

Through electricity it was possible to make things that otherwise took thousands of degrees. Instead of trying to acquire and work with elements inside of an oven, electricity made it possible to work on a table and get the same result: fast, cheap, feasible.

Electricity also made global communication possible. Information crossed oceans in a second instead of in weeks or even months. A quantum leap if ever there was one. Radio technology became possible.
Communication is an elemental aspect of civilization. Information, communication, and organizational sophistication determine the level of civilization that's possible. First there was just walking by foot, then the horse made empires possible; after the advent of electricity things quickly developed from telegraph to telephone to radio, making global communications a reality.

It's easy to get confused; what was the most important? Radio technology? Electricity? The periodic table?
The above logic makes clear that electricity is paramount. Without it it's impossible to take the quantum leap to further development.
Electricity isn't important for society because it makes electric lighting possible! This is important to understand. It is an essential stepping stone to developing knowledge, understanding, and experience with all kinds of chemical and physical processes that lie at the root of technological aspects of civilization.


How does this relate to the above principles?
- Knowledge is power.
- Know yourself.
- Know your enemy.
- Location, location, location.

Knowledge is power
Barbarism isn't about technology per se or isn't only about technology. However,, a quiet, peaceful, humane society that is technologically inferior to barbaric cultures will be destroyed. [Think about how the Europeans overran American Indians or how the British Empire subjugated India.] Their knowledge may be incorportated into the barbaric culture that overran them. Technological knowledge defends against barbarians but must also BE defended against them, i.e. it is power that must be tended to carefully and intelligently.
Know yourself & Know your enemy
Your enemy is ignorance. Also, barbarian societies that you don't understand but which war with each other, INCLUDING WITH YOU[!], are future threats. Only if you understand YOUR OWN basic humanity will you understand other peoples' motivations and actions.
Location, location, location
Commerce and communications require a tactically defensible and accessible location. An island would be advisable but continental colonies are necessary for all kinds of resources. Even in this day-and-age products are mainly transported by ship and that's an important aspect of any future society that's interested in spreading a humane civilization to the world, as well as having access to resources from all over the world.

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There are a few major points to be considered in relation to technological basics. You'd have to understand how OUR technological civilization came about in order to be able to understand what it'll take to rebuild it.
For one, things really got on a roll once electricity became commonly available. Electricity has been around for thousands of years [Bagdad battery and such] but it took the development of electricity in vast amounts to bring about the development of things like capacitors and the powerful magnets that make electric generators possible. All of this was also possible around this time in our history [1800's] because many of the basic elements had been understood; thousands of years ago the foundation had not yet been laid for things to develop further. (When electricity was available, though, the REST of the elements followed quickly, as electrolysis is a key tool in acquiring many of the elements of the periodic table.)

Electricity, therefore, is a big deal. This brings us to one of the main things needed for transferring an electrical charge: wiring. That SOUNDS trivial but it isn't. Copper is NOT readily accessible and was traditionally found at a few locations worldwide, like on Cyprus [the origin of copper's symbol Cu]. Copper for use in a future situation, therefore, is actually a BIG hiccup. Better would be to count on aluminum. This is found in large quantities over large areas all over the world. Entire nations are covered with soil that's 30% aluminum. It's traditionally been used for building with, making bricks out of.
Aluminum has 61% of the electrical tranference capability of copper. That's a lot less but it means your aluminum wire will need to be 40% thicker. You'll live...

In order to actually be able to MAKE aluminum, you'll be needing heat. Energy. 1% of the USA's total energy usage is now applied to making aluminum.
A good idea for creating intense amounts of heat lies in the intelligent application of the Sun. Two things then might be considered: fresnel lenses and mirrors.
The ability to make these came about in an era when other energy sources were popular. That's the main reason why they haven't already been widely applied for energy. A 1 x 1 meter fresnel lense will melt rock. A few decent sized lenses will heat an oven. For nothing. This would be especially important in areas where there aren't endless coal reserves to burn.

It took a while before the world had figured out how to make mirrors well, efficiently, and affordably. Taking this kind of knowledge with you to the next age is therefore paramount. Fresnel lenses and mirrors together make for awesome capability of directing the heat of the Sun. Energy is a very important limiting factor in the development of technology and civilization; it's extremely important to have enough of it at your disposal for heating ovens that can produce glass [fresnel lenses and such], aluminum, and steel.

So there's a good basic collection for any future reboot civilization: how to make
- glass
- aluminum
- electric generators
- mirrors
- fresnel lenses

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