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Also let's not forget that there was a democratic election in Egypt that elected a president who was leaning towards a "pro-Palestinian" stance.




He got overthrown by the head of the military.

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Accepted? More like orchestrated!

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You pay a lease for the cab (usually per 12hr shift). Doesn't matter how much you make you're still responsible for the lease. Get the car with a full tank of gas gotta return full.

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I always say it's not a technological feat to create a Honda Civic (or Mini Cooper for your side of the pond) but rather a logistical feat that we've created a network of roads for that vehicle to travel on. I can't imagine such a small compact car being able to drive anywhere a few hundred years before it (if you were able to teleport it with an unlimited supply of petrol.)

I'll pick up your book because your topic amazes me. I studied molecular biology in a previous life but am fascinated about societal/development evolution.

I sparked a huge argument last family holiday when I asked my family a question that seemed pretty straight forward but inadvertently attacked everyone's ego. The question was if you were teleported to an era of ~1000 years ago (some time before industrialization or even gun powder was developed) would you be able to alter society or attain a level of high governance based on your "future knowledge?" At first everyone gave a simple and quick "of course yes" answers but when I played devil's advocate and asked a few questions most realized that even with a sophisticated knowledge of thermodynamics/electrical magnetism/ advanced politics or etc you won't have the support to implement any of it. No one (king or senator) would accept your ideas and if you weren't killed for having these far fetched thoughts you'd probably at best be equal to the crazy guy on the corner blabbing about aliens or governmental conspiracies. "You guys just watch: we're all going to have computers in our pockets that will have all of the world's collective information accessible to everyone. Just wait and see!"

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Hey Professor, great stuff! I often think at times what I would do or prepared for when society collapses. Living and having my whole family in NYC I talk to them about buying a farm somewhere in NJ or PA by a river to be self sufficient. I shortly lived in a country where infrastructure was very bad. It's an eye opener when you realize how no running water is infinitely worse than no electricity. Theoretically, I would try to raise chicken if set up.

Why I'm replying to this comment is I would like to think that recreating society could happen quicker during the "2nd go-round" but probably won't (and who's to say that this time is the 2nd go round? Maybe 3rd, 4th...). I don't think it's a lack of knowledge that prevents humans from excelling. There's high level knowledge out there today and we're not in a rush to download and absorb it. Why would being in a "worse situation" become a catalyst all of a sudden? It's like when you're about to fall asleep and plan on the many improvements to your life you will do the next day but wake up and go straight to that unhealthy breakfast. We're coded to be slowly developing life forms. My theory is that it's *not a lack of cutting edge knowledge that's the issue it's how quickly can we spread it: when can new technology be produced where it's accessible to the masses and not only available to those at the top. I see this as the universal barometer of progress.

Living in a major city: if the worse were to happen; are we all sitting ducks? Back to my country house by the river idea: if I'm not set up for it before it hits the fan how likely can I set up for it after "it" happens? I imagine all of the bridges and tunnels will be barricaded and unless if you have a secret boat or helicopter the initial set up will be the harder task than managing it.