posted on Jul, 28 2009 @ 11:31 AM
The first question to ask should be whether we really have all that much that is worthwhile to remember. The next question is whether any of that is
relevant in a post-catastrophe world, where survival will rely more on basics than on advanced technology.
Writing and language will continue to exist, wherever it already exists. People don't need any technology to speak; it's built in. Writing
requires some sort of surface and something to make marks. Figuring out how to make paper might be important. Groups can survive without writing,
but it's still very important. Otherwise, knowledge is stored in the minds of the elders, passed along word of mouth.
Depending on what's left and how many people survive, we'll have to farm, hunt, or raise various cattle in a nomadic lifestyle. Different regions
are likely to have different solutions, according to their terrain and population.
Most of what we know is irrelevant for survival. History, literature, music, art, biology, chemistry, physics, math - not necessary. Much of that -
especially the sciences - has caused more trouble than it was worth. If we lose it, it might not be such a heavy loss after all. Maybe we could make
a new start, and avoid some of the mistakes we made previously.
What I'd place in a time capsule is information that could enhance survival, period. That would include agriculture, hunting, and so on; it might
even include some of the public sanitation knowledge. I'm not altogether certain I'd include medicine, because there is some evidence that medicine
is the #1 cause of death, at least in the US. It seems that learning to drain a swamp, or to avoid such areas, is more important than trying to
preserve a cure for malaria - especially when the technology to produce such drugs will remain beyond us for many long years.
Definitely I'd get anything I wanted into "hard copy", and not on a hard drive. Anything on a hard drive would, of course, be inaccessible.
Metallurgy, tool making, the properties of materials (especially alloys); how to make glass, soap, other useful stuff.