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Assume a drastic event were to take place which killed a significant percentage of the Earth's population, say 95%. Amongst your many other concerns, you want to save some of the readily available wisdom (in the form of books) to be able to teach your children and future generations. By doing this, said wisdom doesn't have to be learned all over again the hard way. Assume that whatever isn't in your own home will be destroyed (from libraries collapsing due to neglect, fire, whatever).

What would you save? For the sake of discussion, let's keep it to:
  • Physical books (rather than a wikireader, for example)
  • A maximum of 5
  • Excluding the bible (simply to avoid repetition)
  • Including at least one work of fiction (something that isn't practical)

Mine would be:
-The Summa Theologica by Saint Thomas Aquinas
-The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
-Gray's Anatomy
-Migrations and Cultures by Thomas Sowell
-Dante's Divine Comedy
 

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Assume a drastic event were to take place which killed a significant percentage of the Earth's population, say 95%. Amongst your many other concerns, you want to save some of the readily available wisdom (in the form of books) to be able to teach your children and future generations. By doing this, said wisdom doesn't have to be learned all over again the hard way. Assume that whatever isn't in your own home will be destroyed (from libraries collapsing due to neglect, fire, whatever).

What would you save? For the sake of discussion, let's keep it to:
  • Physical books (rather than a wikireader, for example)
  • A maximum of 5
  • Excluding the bible (simply to avoid repetition)
  • Including at least one work of fiction (something that isn't practical)

Mine would be:
-The Summa Theologica by Saint Thomas Aquinas
-The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
-Gray's Anatomy
-Migrations and Cultures by Thomas Sowell
-Dante's Divine Comedy
Anything survival
Anything medicine
Anything personal enlightenment
Anything science

I would keep but teach against anything pertaining to politics, religion (not spirituality), ethnicity (judge the man, not the race), war (not self defense/protection),

Assuming you're right and myself and my family are the last 5%... I'm a happy camper. LOL
 

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Why do people keep making these threads? They're all the same.. "Oh yea, I'll just save five specimens that will make me look cultured and well-to-do to the world at large.."

Plus, this is in the wrong section. It should be in "General" or "Off Topic"
 

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Why do people keep making these threads? They're all the same.. "Oh yea, I'll just save five specimens that will make me look cultured and well-to-do to the world at large.."

Plus, this is in the wrong section. It should be in "General" or "Off Topic"
Haha dude the "Books, Movies & Stories" section is the wrong section for a thread on books? If you're considering which medicines to stock up on, might I suggest some chill pills. Seems like you're in dire need.
 

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Why do people keep making these threads? They're all the same.. "Oh yea, I'll just save five specimens that will make me look cultured and well-to-do to the world at large.."

Plus, this is in the wrong section. It should be in "General" or "Off Topic"
Don't be a fuddy-duddy and let us have our fun. Skip over the thread... :rain
 

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Why do people keep making these threads? They're all the same.. "Oh yea, I'll just save five specimens that will make me look cultured and well-to-do to the world at large.."

Plus, this is in the wrong section. It should be in "General" or "Off Topic"
why do you care??????
Im seriously asking.

back to OP.
Popular mechanix encylopedic set........1955 edition
 

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Wow, ask a post-grad student in philosophy which books to save ... since you already grabbed Aquinas:
- Complete works of Augustine, single volume
- Reloading Manual, probably Lee since I use it most
- Where There is No Doctor/Dentist Compendium
- Leather Bound Anthology of Louis L'Amour Short Stories
- Valley of Vision
 

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Wow, ask a post-grad student in philosophy which books to save ... since you already grabbed Aquinas:
- Complete works of Augustine, single volume
- Reloading Manual, probably Lee since I use it most
- Where There is No Doctor/Dentist Compendium
- Leather Bound Anthology of Louis L'Amour Short Stories
- Valley of Vision
Awesome reply. I'll have to check out L'Amour, he's a new one to me.
 

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Awesome reply. I'll have to check out L'Amour, he's a new one to me.
Ohhhhh, my favorite topic, Louis L'Amour. his Sackett series is out of this world! I started collecting them when I was little. My grandmother and I would sit and read together. Her in her rocker and me laying on the couch beside her. She left me all her L"Amours when she passed.
 

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If single purchase collections are allowed:

1. 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
2. Backwoods Home 'The Whole Shebang' Anthology collection
3. A.D.A.M Medical encyclopedia
4. Complete secular K-12 Home Schooling curriculum
5. 52-volume Harvard 5-feet of Books collection


If single books only:

1. When Technology Fails
2. Storey's Basic Country Skills
3. Magic and Medicine of Plants
4. SAS Survival Manual
5. Starship Troopers

Just my opinion
 

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If single purchase collections are allowed:

1. 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
2. Backwoods Home 'The Whole Shebang' Anthology collection
3. A.D.A.M Medical encyclopedia
4. Complete secular K-12 Home Schooling curriculum
5. 52-volume Harvard 5-feet of Books collection


If single books only:

1. When Technology Fails
2. Storey's Basic Country Skills
3. Magic and Medicine of Plants
4. SAS Survival Manual
5. Starship Troopers

Just my opinion
I have worn out my copy of Starship Troopers:thumb::thumb::thumb:
 

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Henley's Formulas, or Betty Crocker Cookbook (I'm a lousy cook.) I can't decide which, so both if possible.
Webster's Unabridged dictionary
Machinery's Handbook
Marks' Mechanical Engineers Handbook
Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

I don't think I'll have much time to read for entertainment. Maybe I can get together with some of the other folks here and we can have a library.
 
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