posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 04:58 PM
Okay, so I don't think anyone's mentioned this, so I'll throw it in:
From an electrical standpoint, this could certainly be bad for civilization as we know it.
Depending upon the speed with which such an event took place (and both inductive and capacitive electrical circuits change logarithmically, not
linearly!), it could potentially blow out diodes in circuits everywhere (worldwide). The only thing that *might* protect these precious (and fragile)
little electronic devices that make our electronic world possible is if they are either encased in steel or if they are encased in some other
container that is painted with lead based paint (I say this because I had a friend that was in the army who came back from iraq and said that they
were worried about EMP over there, and so they painted the housings of all of the electronic equipment with a lead based paint, to give the magnetic
flux a path around the electronic circuit).
Even if an electronic device were kept in such an enclosure, it would have to remain disconnected from the grid to be fully protected.
Of course, let's be honest. Every civilization that has come before us has fallen by some weakness or another, and did any of us honestly think that
ours would be any different? Not me.
Also, there's absolutely no way to predict when such a thing might happen, so there's no point in worrying about it. I'm just glad I have access
to farm land and hand tools and have the knowledge to use them.