The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

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The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by janso » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:42 pm

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Good read so far; interesting how it looks at skills and technology after the initial chaos with a major event. Bought it through Amazon but the website is worth looking through:

http://the-knowledge.org/en-gb/

Worth a read; some good ideas and snippets to think about.


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Re: The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by CynicalSurvival » Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:55 am

Sounds really good - I read this article about it a while back, which makes for an interesting read! -

http://www.bigissue.com/features/3695/s ... d-what-now

I have had it on my wish list ever since. The emphasis seems to be on skills/knowledge rather than stockpiling, which suits my outlook actually.
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Re: The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by Arzosah » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:28 am

Fascinating! Thanks for posting.
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Re: The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by Hamradioop » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:40 pm

the authors video on fire lighting here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLBaTlqImEc#t=15
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Re: The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by featherstick » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:42 pm

This is a fascinating book, which works equally well as a discussion of technological development or a handbook to key processes necessary to rebuild a sort-of functioning society. I find myself musing on glass - the miracle material, all around us, so critical to so many processes, yet taken for granted. Without glass- no windows, thermometers, reaction retorts - science would have been very different.

The book is not a recipe book however. It gives some general quantities and ideas about processes but assumes a willingness and ability on the part of the reader to get their hands dirty in experimenting and learning. Some of the processes are dangerous - quicklime was a hugely important building material but is a nasty thing to make and to work with.

So for this book to be of value, you need access to a big back garden, some money and equipment, an enquiring mind, and an understanding spouse. If you have that set of endowments you could really learn from this book. I might buy it, but if TSHTF, I shall definitely plunder it from the library.

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Re: The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell

Post by CynicalSurvival » Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:16 pm

Just to add... Another of Dartnell's videos. This one shows how to use scavenged car batteries etc to produce essential chemicals like bleach from seawater:

https://vimeo.com/89726980
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