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23 Reddit comments about The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm:

u/dnew · 90 pointsr/philosophy

One probably does not need to store vast quantities of data to get civilization restarted. For example, this book purports to be a good start:

I've seen it suggested that Gray's Anatomy would provide a huge amount of medical knowledge. A handful of statements like "sickness is caused by living creatures too small to see," "everything is made from tiny indivisible parts too small to see individually," something about basic physics (at the F=ma level), something about the scientific method, something about fertilizer, and then evolution and genetics, etc might save people huge amounts of effort rediscovering technology, medicine, and so on. There was an interview circuit a few decades ago where they asked dozens of famous scientists what one (or three?) books they would want to survive nuclear war, and they all made quite a bit of sense.

You could probably kickstart the industrial revolution with one 10x10x10 room full of well-preserved textbooks.

u/dave9199 · 54 pointsr/preppers

If you move the decimal over. This is about 1,000 in books...

(If I had to pick a few for 100 bucks: encyclopedia of country living, survival medicine, wilderness medicine, ball preservation, art of fermentation, a few mushroom and foraging books.)


Where there is no doctor

Where there is no dentist

Emergency War Surgery

The survival medicine handbook

Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine

Special Operations Medical Handbook

Food Production

Mini Farming

encyclopedia of country living

square foot gardening

Seed Saving

Storey’s Raising Rabbits

Meat Rabbits

Aquaponics Gardening: Step By Step

Storey’s Chicken Book

Storey Dairy Goat

Storey Meat Goat

Storey Ducks

Storey’s Bees

Beekeepers Bible

bio-integrated farm

soil and water engineering

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Food Preservation and Cooking

Steve Rinella’s Large Game Processing

Steve Rinella’s Small Game

Ball Home Preservation


Root Cellaring

Art of Natural Cheesemaking

Mastering Artesian Cheese Making

American Farmstead Cheesemaking

Joe Beef: Surviving Apocalypse

Wild Fermentation

Art of Fermentation

Nose to Tail

Artisan Sourdough

Designing Great Beers

The Joy of Home Distilling


Southeast Foraging


Mushrooms of Carolinas

Mushrooms of Southeastern United States

Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast


farm and workshop Welding

ultimate guide: plumbing

ultimate guide: wiring

ultimate guide: home repair

off grid solar


Timberframe Construction

Basic Lathework

How to Run A Lathe

Backyard Foundry

Sand Casting

Practical Casting

The Complete Metalsmith

Gears and Cutting Gears

Hardening Tempering and Heat Treatment

Machinery’s Handbook

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic

Electronics For Inventors

Basic Science


Organic Chem

Understanding Basic Chemistry Through Problem Solving

Ham Radio

AARL Antenna Book

General Class Manual

Tech Class Manual


Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft


Nuclear War Survival Skills

The Knowledge: How to rebuild civilization in the aftermath of a cataclysm

u/ToSeeOrNotToBe · 35 pointsr/preppers

There are a few like this already but the one that sounds closest to what you're talking about is The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm by Lewis Dartnell. I'd start there for market research and ensure you're offering something in addition to this one.

u/um--no · 6 pointsr/BrasildoB

Eu encontrei um livro tão interessante nesses últimos dias:

É um guia para "reconstruir a civilização" em caso de cataclisma. Desde que começou aquela moda de zumbis, essa questão me deixou pensando, mas nunca encontrei material adequado sobre o assunto que tratasse tanto de sobrevivência prática como sobre como refazer uma sociedade funcional [edit: nope, trata mais de como coletar e produzir o mínimo de conforto, a civilização parece ser considerada consequência disso pelo autor.] Até pensei em fazer um tópico aqui para discussão. Esse tipo de assunto não é tão "viagem" como muita gente pode pensar, pois desastres naturais e fim de civilizações acontecem desde sempre, o nosso período atual é que é anormalmente pacífico. Nos nossos tempos, futuro do meio ambiente promete insegurança, os países desenvolvidos estão sendo tomados por políticos fascistas, e, aqui, no Brasil, o contrato social está por um fio, ameaçado pela desigualdade e o apartheid social. Acho que todo mundo devia ler um pouco sobre o assunto.

Se você estiver como eu, latindo no quintal para economizar cachorro, pode encontrar o livro no

u/dthuitema · 4 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

This is a really good book you might like! It goes from the basics, like finding food and building shelter, to essentially rebuilding most of civilization! Its really good.

u/ketralnis · 3 pointsr/answers

I can also recommend this one

u/automaticHierophant · 3 pointsr/collapse

Lewis Dartnell's The Knowledge probably has a lot of what you're looking for. Everything from water filtration systems to weaving clothes to building an arc furnace and more.

u/NotAlwaysSarcastic · 3 pointsr/PostCollapse

"The Knowledge: How to Rebuild the Civilization in the Aftermath of the Cataclysm" explains most of that, and then some. You can buy it in Amazon:

u/Crapletunnel · 3 pointsr/preppers

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm

This book is Amazing, and works hard to get the reader to understand many of the many technologies that make our world function, and has guides on how to short-cut our way through technologies to be able to use the most impressive tools we have now.

There is some amazing stuff in here, like how to build a wood gassifying engine to run motors, and other really great stuff. Plus, if people look at you funny, you can just tell them you're just reading it for the science or whatever.

u/mothdna · 2 pointsr/Survivalist

i have this one. if i ever get my life right and come over i'll bring it for you

u/cysghost · 2 pointsr/PostCollapse

Considering the clarifications made already, there has been something similar made already

Though I imagine that would be incomplete.

Depending on the type of collapse, we could and would lose a lot of information, all cutting edge research (since that's mostly preserved digitally), though that would be less important, since we'd have to rebuild the machinery in order to use it.

As someone else mentioned, seed banks are a good start as well. As far as knowledge itself goes, there are two books I'd recommend, The Knowledge: How to rebuild civilization (link which I have read and is interesting in an entertaining way, and even somewhat useful; and How to Invent Everything (link which I haven't read yet, but is a similar idea. This one I have read, and it's kinda cool.

To get an idea for how difficult it will be to restart manufacturing at our current level, you may want to also check out The Toaster Project (link where someone tries to build a cheap toaster from scratch, and how impossible it is.

u/uniptf · 2 pointsr/USMC

>The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz preserve the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the world is again ready for it.

u/anonthefox · 2 pointsr/ZombieSurvivalTactics This book is pretty useful, shows the scientific basis for a lot of essential daily things, as well as more general essentials like crop rotation and animal husbandry. couple it with a homesteading book, or the foxfire series, and you'll have a pretty good library for rebuilding civilization

u/best_of_badgers · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

In addition to the other suggestions, The Knowledge is probably ideal.

u/jon_stout · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

Hard to say. There's a massive number of steps necessary to reach our current technological level -- I could easily see setting up the smelting and manufacturing and mining needed to create a modern smartphone taking lifetimes. And that's not even taking into account the basics of agriculture and agricultural technology -- that, more than anything, determines whether or not civilization is possible.

Edit: At the same time, though, having the knowledge of base principles available might speed things up in some ways. Knowing that an airplane or space travel is even possible, for instance, might ease up or help focus research in those areas.

If you're looking for a good book to read on this subject, I'd suggest The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm by Lewis Dartnell.