A Friend and I are interested in how people would recreate our
everyday technology if we had to go back to the stone age or to
giligan's island. What would be the first priorities in recreating
our electronic and mechanical tools? We were talking about glass,
mining metals, creating rudimentary computers. A lathe would be a
Does anybody have any ideas? What would you do if you were the
professer on Giligan's Island?
Assuming subsistence was taken care of with available food and
whatever medicines might be available from local plants and so on..
well, I suppose it depends on what you wanted to do. If you wanted to
escape, then making a boat or perhaps flares might be high on the
agenda. If you just wanted to fiddle around for years making tools to
build tools, then finding metal such as iron would probably be the
most important thing. Furnace in the side of a hill to reduce the ore
(assuming there is fuel and ore available)?
I think I'd be a *lot* more friendly with Mary Anne than he was.
Yup, definitely jump Mary Ann's
bones. That's a priority.
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Security is a prerequisite; without it all effort is futile. Black powder
is the crucial innovation. First, with it you defeat enemies with castles,
armor, horses, bigger muscles, etc. Second, it lets you mine massive
quantities of ores and fuel to feed industry.
I'm sure this isn't what you have in mind, but an essay I read back in the
1960's, which I think was referenced in the Whole Earth Catalog, said that
mining and smelting bronze or iron should be first. Then you could develop
casting, after which you could cast cannon so you could take over other
islands and rob their technology.
Just a thought...
would get rid of the gilligan, the millionaire, his wife, the skipper
too, and keep the movie star and mary ann all for myself....
tell them that the new civilization need two women for each man.........
I imagine the highest priority would be given to brewing, fermenting or
alcoholic beverages. Growing of drug producing plants would be a
Once the inhabitants of the island and other islands are sufficiently
introduce taxation, consumerism, and patriotism to get the masses to do
the heavy work for you.
I suspect that if you could even find iron ore buried under a tropical
island, you would likely dig away enough of the island to make it into a pond
before you got enough ore to pour a cannon??
Lot's of sand though, you could probably make a glass cannon, assuming of
course you didn't burn up all the trees on the island trying to make a hot
This is an interesting question, which reminds me of a course I took about
20 years ago - back when survivalism was a fringe element. We spent an
entire semester rebuilding society after a fictional plague had killed 99.9%
of humanity. In addition to deciding where to live we also had to decide
*how* to live, eventually breaking into several groups because we wanted
different values, levels of technology, etc. It was the ultimate Role
Playing Game (RPG.)
Does anyone know if there is such an RPG out there along these lines?
Oh, here's what I would do on G's I:
Water purification/storage - food gathering/harvesting/storage - shelter -
I'm pretty sure that iron ore would be out of the question on a Pacific
island, so metal machines would be tough. Same for pottery (no clay.) I
would probably start working on ways to develop a furnace to produce glass
for a variety of uses, including storage vessels, weapons, lenses, etc.