Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:   (22/07/09)Doomsday Chests, Retrieved on 2011-03-29
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  • Folksonomies: knowledge civilization


    29 MAR 2011

     The Rationale for Doomsday Chests

    After the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe, much of what we consider "civilization" ceased to be. Literacy, medicine, science, agriculture, engineering, astronomy, governance, all went into decline or regression for the hundreds of years which we now call "The Dark Ages". During this period monasteries were practically the only repositories of scholarship and learning. One historian notes that monks were not only the best educated members of society, by far, but were often the only...
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    During the Dark Ages, the Human race came precipitously close to losing all knowledge permanently when the black plague almost wiped out the scholarly religious classes.

    29 MAR 2011

     Contents of the Doomsday Chest

    The contents of a Doomsday Chest will include stainless steel or titanium sheets, laser etched with an archive of the fundamentals of human knowledge. Each sheet would be carved, front and back, in the five most widely spoken languages of the 21st Century; Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic and Hindi. To aid in their translation, aRosetta Disc style object would also embedded in the Chest, providing easy visual translation between the "key" languages and over 2,600 other languages. The le...
    Folksonomies: knowledge civilization
    Folksonomies: knowledge civilization
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    A list of the media, dimensions, and list of subjects to be covered on the sheets that go into the doomsday chests.