Sunday, September 13, 2015

What would you send?

Here's an interesting thought experiment; let's say the Earth is faced with some cataclysmic event that will destroy everything, including all scientific knowledge. But, you are able to send one single sentence of information forward into the future for an unscientific descendent species to discover, what would you send?

Artificial selection, germ theory, atomic theory, gunpowder all useful snippets of knowledge in different ways. There would be quite a few possibilities but I thought the one above was good, it's easy (relatively) to do and is one of those foundational things that would lead to all kinds of other discoveries and advances; in terms of the usefulness of a single sentence extremely good value for money!

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