In this interesting TEDxTalk, science journalist Lewis Dartnell gives a talk on just how we would make sure humanity survives if a large apocalypse were to hit earth. And that’s by preserving knowledge.
I had a conversation with Wayne and some friends about this very same concept and what we would do in this scenario (Assuming that I don’t need shelter from zombies/nuclear fallout .etc). What I said was exactly what is said in this video: I would work to preserve the sum total of human knowledge. I just wish I had the apocalypse Kindle that is in this video to back up my argument.
As for what I would save… that is a tricky question. I’m a man who loves science, so my kneejerk reaction is to save as much science and maths information as possible. But I feel that a lot of our discoveries, while very important, can be done again. We can figure out the planets and their orbits again. We can learn that the Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Calculus can be reinvented.
What I would try and preserve would be things for humanity to survive long enough to rediscover these sciences, like medical textbooks, first aid guides, how to hunt, how to forge metals. I would also try and store as much of human history as I could. I believe that as a species we have done both incredible and horrible things, and that they need to be preserved forever. And of course, a printing press, so that my Kindle is not the only Book of Knowledge to exist.