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    Books (3)

    Gentlemen,

    When I was a boy, all I wanted was to be a man like the ones who taught me.
    All those men wanted me to be better than that, and offered me advice
    in the form of books.

    Once upon a time, my Father gave me a book. That book set me free and he
    saw my freedom and rejoiced.

    The book he gave me was called, "The Volume Library". It was HUGE!
    I poured through it more than the rest of my siblings, and my Father was proud.

    Then after he saw me resting from my studies he asked me a question.
    "Son, if civilization ended tomorrow and all you could carry were three books,
    which ones would they be?"

    My heart leaped at the chance to prove myself to my Father.
    My heart wanted to say, "Several pens and three empty notebooks." but I was
    very afraid and needed him to be proud of me, I told him the answer I suspected
    he wanted to hear from his teachings. I didn't speak my heart to my Father.

    "Those are good books, son." He said, thought to Himself for a moment and
    then asked me, "Can you rebuild civilization with those three books?"

    I couldn't help it. I was just a boy with no strength and scant knowledge.
    I was almost ten years old and knew a nuclear war was imminent, because
    we trusted television to speak truth when gas was only $.65 per gallon.

    My mind raced.

    I cried and tried to say, "I don't know, I'm just a kid." but the words in my heart halted
    my throat from making any sound.

    He waited and watched for decades.
    My Father is a very patient man.

    Gentlemen,

    Which three books would you rely upon to rebuild civilization?

    Would any of you offer your wisdom and that of He who made you and gave you books
    to help you on your way to the rest of us?

    Which books influenced you the most? Which three books would you guard with your life
    and use to rebuild a collapsed civilization if it was required of you to do so?

    Thanks in advance,
    LP

    Mine are these:

    Atlantis, the antedeluvian world by Ignatius Donnelly, Logic and Philosophy by Kahane,
    and a book by Eric Dollard about polyphase power transmission mathematics.
    The fuck stops here. Me.
    Specialization is for insects. Robert A. Heinlein.
    ... nobody stays here by faking reality. --John Galt...

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    Re: Books (3)

    this question was also asked in a movie version of "The Time Machine"... (1960s one that involved animation from legendary filmmaker George Pal)
    one of the time traveler's friends just misses him going back into the future... and notices 3 books missing from a bookcase..
    the friend says to the time traveler's housekeeper.. "which 3 books would you have taken?"
    "I live in freedom, under my own flag." - Captain Harlock

    "You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies." - The Doctor, "Remembrance of the Daleks"

    "A man builds, a parasite asks 'where's my share?'." - Andrew Ryan, Bioshock

    "If you can tune into the fantasy life of an 11-year-old girl, you can make a fortune in this business." - George Lucas

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    Re: Books (3)

    1 - any high-school physics textbook
    2 - any high-school chemistry textbook.
    3 - Robert's Rules of Order

    If I could find some sort of "introduction to science" covering the basics of math, physics, chemistry and biology (how to algebra, newton's laws, atomic theory, the kinetic theory of heat), the third book would probably be some sort of overview of philosophy - the focus being on how many competing schools of thought there are.

    #3 might seem an odd pick, but the foundation of modern democracy is meetings where every person is allowed to speak. An alternative might be some sort of introductory text on rules of evidence.

    If I had to limit it to "books I have on my bookshelf right now", it would be Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World", Feynmann's "Six Easy Pieces" (which incidentally covers a lot of science), and I guess "The SAS Survival Handbook".

    If I knew that other people were also going to be contributing their own books, then "Arguing for Atheism" or "The Case Against Christianty", because sure as anything some nut will want to toss in the bible. "Arguing for Atheism" is a nice introduction to philosophy in itself and probably the more useful volume.
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    It's civilisations that produce great books, not the other way around.

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    Re: Books (3)

    Quote Originally Posted by Eiji View Post
    this question was also asked in a movie version of "The Time Machine"... (1960s one that involved animation from legendary filmmaker George Pal)
    one of the time traveler's friends just misses him going back into the future... and notices 3 books missing from a bookcase..
    the friend says to the time traveler's housekeeper.. "which 3 books would you have taken?"
    Ahhhh! My dad got one over on me. I must have been sent to bed early that night.
    The fuck stops here. Me.
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    Re: Books (3)

    Well, one of them might well be:

    The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
    - Feminism is Cancer.
    - Love is the idea that one women differs from another.
    - A man needs a woman like a bank needs a robber.


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    3 books?
    1. The generations proven classic: Audel's "Millwrights & Mechanics Guide," by Carl A. Nelson.

    2. Ayn Rand, "Fountainhead," or "Atlas Shrugged."

    3. "I Am That," by Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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    Re: Books (3)

    you would need a book on mechanical systems for sure. Most of our tech is based on machines. So gears, pullies and engines. One book on modern organic farming techinques. One book on the basics of architectual engineering. This would allow you to grow food, build shelter and industrialize on the most basic level. Of course this won't be enough. there is no 3 books that can resore the basics of our societly. You would also need books on metallurgy, geology, state craft and philosophy to rebuild a nation. Perhaps MGTOW's should write a trillogy that can resore most of our basic tech and philosophy in the event of a collapse.


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