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Mathematics and the Collapse of Civilization
By Dr A. Crank

Some readers are wishing that I die, so after this article I will oblige them by ceasing to exist, except, perhaps only as an abstract entity.

Let’s consider the question of the survival of knowledge after the collapse, the collapse we all talk about and jack off to in our lonely bedrooms, if we are lucky.

There is not much on the mechanism by which people are supposed to rebuild civilization. One school of thought goes for preserving books in hard copy:

Useful, no doubt, but there still needs to be people with enough time and IQ to read and understand them.

Lewis Dartnell in “The Knowledge” (2014), thinks that humans can rebuild civilization quickly if the catastrophe which knocks most fuckers off leaves a lot of resources, so that clever grunters can apply fundamental scientific principles in a bootstrap fashion, rebooting civilization by preserving the scientific method.

No doubt, this is worth doing, and we do not want to go back to the “bad air” hypothesis of disease after the germ theory and public health measures (e.g. don’t shit in or near your water supply), but things are not so easy.

Take my field of mathematics for example. A lot of the more technical advances needed to reboot civilization will depend upon technologies that will require mathematical sophistication, at least calculus, maybe vectors and linear algebra. All of this information is stored in textbooks, except maybe the most recent advances, which are in e-journals, perhaps with paper prints. Certainly, all the mathematics needed for engineering exists in text books. But, if say 90 percent of people die off from a collapse scenario, there will not be many mathematics teachers left. In fact, math geeks are likely to die of pretty quick, being pathetically weak, in my experience. Only philosophers are more puny and pathetic. God, I hate those cunts.

Looking at Dartnell’s otherwise informative book “The Knowledge” (2014)

I did not find any neat program about how to save mathematical knowledge, and this is surely needed for science to get very far at all. In my copy, the index lists mathematics on page 283. This is a footnote which gives the game away: “Mathematics is one topic that has not been covered in depth here. Calculations are clearly important for engineering designs, and mathematics is the language for the statement of physical law, but it does not lend itself to the explanations of general principles within the scope of this book.” Gee, that’s a pity.

Thus, it most likely that mathematical knowledge, as we now know it will disappear in the coming Dark Age. It may be possible to preserve mathematical knowledge of a level up to the end of high school, such as elementary differential and integral calculus, for one or two generations, but this will be difficult given the stresses of survival and the relatively long time stake for education. Even not having paper to work out problems will limit the recovery of knowledge. Topics like projective geometry, surreal numbers, advanced transfinite set theory, category theory, and the mathematics of physics such as string theory, will be lost, almost overnight. What the fuck will it matter anyway? I wasted my life playing with abstract entities, when I should have been playing with juicy pussy. Now, I am but a decaying circus clown, more nothingness than being.

You will not be able to focus on that math problem when the warlords of the apocalypse come a-killing at your door? You can count on it.

Now I must die. Goodbye.

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HughMay 10, 2018 2:18 PM UTC

who would want to rebuild this bullshit? If I get the chance I’ll structure society so that anyone who tries to kick start a civilization Gets used for fertilizer. Maybe I could think up some appropriate punishments, physically crushing them under stacks of paperwork, etc. like the Iroquois with the Jesuits.
Sam J.May 9, 2018 11:22 PM UTC

Math would totally disappear. I took Calculus many, many years ago. Can't remember a bit of it. Well actually I understand the concepts involved and the general idea but have completely forgotten all the little tricks needed to factor and manipulate things to get an equation properly in order to do anything with it. There's so many little tricks that you just have to know. They may be logically derived but the steps, not using the tricks, are very long and involved. I bet most people forget them.