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About meI'm an engineering and biology student in Arkansas who is interested in agriculture, permaculture, lost technology, solving the world's ecological crises, philosophy, Christianity, post-industrialism, urbanism, architecture, science, culture, and a lot of other things. I also love books, which is why I have a profile on this site.
In Defense of Books:
I think that the hard, physical form of books is still the most reliable and secure format for information storage. Digital form has its place, but when and where there is no reliable electricity source, hard copies still work and require no complex infrastructure to access the information they contain.
Physical copies also happen to be the most satisfying form for reading, giving tactile response and an organic feeling to the user.
The book as a reading platform lends itself best to continuous, consistent thought processes. The Internet and television, on the other hand, lend themselves best to short bursts of information with instant gratification requiring no effort from the user and training users for the digestion of context-less bits of information. I feel, as Neil Postman did, that this difference between books and other media is a strong reason for keeping books around.
The preservation of books will also reduce the need to harvest precious forests for new copies. Equally importantly, the preservation of books will help prevent or lessen the contraction of available knowledge inherent in the possibility of the collapse of industrialized society as we know it.
About my libraryIt's pretty eclectic. I love old books and any book relevant to my interests and hobbies.
Also, I only add book to this profile if I own a hard copy of it, so my collection may seem small.
GroupsBookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Gardening, Peak Oil, Practical Organic Vegetable Growers, Sustainability
VenuesFavorites | Visited
Favorite bookstoresDickson Street Bookshop, Prospero's Books
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceApr 3, 2010
Currently readingThe Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
The Pelican History of Medieval Europe by Maurice Keen
Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Mo dern America by Nick Rosen