Which three books?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steerpike, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    This dialogue is from the 1960 version of the movie, "The Time Machine." So I pose Filby's question to forumites, if you were to try to build a civilization from scratch and you could take three and only three books (or documents) for building this civilization, which three books (or documents) would you take and why?


  2. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    That's a really interesting question but I'm too chicken to be the first person to answer it.

    I definitely would take something lighthearted, like something by Bill Bryson, because I don't think people should take life so seriously all the time.

    I'm not sure about the other two.

    ooh - eta: Webster's Dictionary :nod:
  3. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad V.I.P.

    "A Walk in the Woods." Everybody should read that book.
  4. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    Definitely. I'm re-reading it right now in fact. Another great one by him is Lost Continent
  5. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    What will either of these books contribute to building a civilization?
  6. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    a light-hearted look at life. Like I said, I think people take life too seriously.
  7. maledoro

    maledoro Strange Visitor

    Not that I could name any specific titles, but I would choose a book on mathematics, a book on agriculture and a book on Earth science.
  8. redsoxocd

    redsoxocd living on the border

    Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)- Well besides that fact that it is my favorite book, it shows a lot about how the world (well englang) used to be. And it is one away of how society formed. It also shows examples of kind heartedness, and other really good qualities that people should have.

    The Catcher In the Rye (J.D. Salinger, my 2nd favorite book). It shows a way of life from a kind of pesimistic person, who in the end decides to do the right thing

    And I cant think of a third one right now
  9. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    This is more along the lines that could be expected. The book on agriculture is practical (this would allow evolution from hunter/gatherer to farming). With those other two choices, why mathematics and earth science?
  10. maledoro

    maledoro Strange Visitor

    Mathematics is everywhere. As for Earth science, it allows you to understand the world around you.

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