Library

The Hikon Research Library will be a critical component of Hikon. It will house a collection of several thousand books which hold the solutions to many of the problems we face today. Surprisingly, many so-called “modern-day” problems were known and written about as far back as 100 years ago or more. But our library will not be complete without books which explain how modern-day problems developed and intensified over time and how so many present-day systems in which we take pride have regrettably been achieved in a Faustian bargain.

The learning curve for the future will be very steep for most.  Most of us will need to learn far different skills than they have heretofore.  It will also be difficult to find teachers to teach these skills.  Therefore, an important part of securing our future is acquiring a library of books which can be used for learning and teaching these skills.  While some of these books may be found at the public library, most of them will not be found at your branch, and in any case the authorities can close the libraries whenever they announce the next “pandemic”.

The preliminary target size for this library is 5,000 volumes, but over time this will grow.  Some of the books we need are in print; others are not.  The average price we should expect to pay per volume is $10.  Since they are not available everywhere, and when available from multiple vendors, they are not similarly priced, we will need an employee who can find the best version at the best price.  We also need a long-term storage location to house our collection, and a librarian to catalog and manage it.  All of these things cost money, perhaps on the order of $100K for starters.  Without this facility, we won’t understand the problems, and most certainly will not be capable of understanding the solutions.  Here are the library sections as currently envisioned:

Section 1 – Modern Threats to the Natural World

These books will teach the ways in which current practices are threatening the foundation of the natural world.  Antibiotics, deicers, detergents, fracking, fertilizers, herbicides, mining, pesticides, plastics, GMOs, global shipping, wireless, and much more are all responsible for significant degradation of the natural world.

Section 2 – Natural Ecosystems Sustaining Extreme Devastation

These books will teach which natural systems are on the brink of collapse, and what steps we can take to move in the right direction.  Trees are in trouble, as are ice caps, wetlands, shorelines, farmland, topsoil, pollination, reproduction, biodiversity, coral, groundwater, surface waters, and much more.

Section 3 – Physical Infrastructure at Risk

These books will teach about the fragility of physical infrastructure:  power grids, dams, canals, bridges, tunnels, gas distribution and oil pipelines, and more.  Malicious attacks, computer or otherwise, extreme weather or seismic activity or insufficient investment in maintenance of public works are some of the risks.

Section 4 – Near-Term Resource Shortages

These books will teach how the future supply of various commodities is far from certain.  Even without supply chain disruptions, which today are abundant, the global supply of certain minerals will soon be strained.  Phosphorus, concrete, sand, rare earth metals, silver, iron, lumber and others need our careful consideration.

Section 5 – Risks and Pitfalls of Modern Approaches

These books will teach the personal risks of conventional bioinformatics, dentistry, surgery, childbirth, medications, investments, legal counsel, processed foods, commercial produce, furniture, synthetic attire, artificial intelligence, surveillance, cell phones, smart cities, news media, and much more.

Section 6 – Basic Survival Skills, from Ancient to Modern

These books will teach basic survival skills such as how to forage, shelter, use a weapon, and tie a knot.

Section 7 – The Co-opting and Politicization of Science

These books will teach why we should no longer expect objectivity from published scientific research.   For example, according to Marcia Angell, past editor of the NEJM, “conflicts of interest and biases exist in virtually every field of medicine. It is simply no longer possible to … rely on authoritative medical guidelines.”

Section 8 – A Better Way:  Natural and Alternative Approaches

natural and alternative antibiotics (garlic/ginger/cloves)
natural and alternative antidepressants (nature/relationships/meaningfulness)
natural and alternative banking (community bank/credit union)
natural and alternative bioengineering (breeding/seed selection/heirloom varieties)
natural and alternative breadmaking (sourdough)
natural and alternative childbirth (midwifery/home birth)
natural and alternative currency (local currency/junk silver)
natural and alternative communication (tube radio/heliography)
natural and alternative construction (adobe/earth blocks/rammed earth)
natural and alternative cooking (solar oven/wood/rocket stove)
natural and alternative deodorant (mineral salt)
natural and alternative detergent (baking soda/borax/peroxide/salt/soap nuts)
natural and alternative dinnerware (wood/metal/ceramic)
natural and alternative dyes (plant-based)
natural and alternative economy (local/doughnut)
natural and alternative education (homeschooling/unschooling),
natural and alternative electric power (solar/water/wind)
natural and alternative energy storage (thermal/supercapacitor/graphene)
natural and alternative farming (biodiversity/local varieties)
natural and alternative farm power (horses/oxen)
natural and alternative fertilization (humanure/green manure)
natural and alternative fermentation (wine/cheese/beer)
natural and alternative fiber (hemp/jute/alpaca)
natural and alternative food storage (storage clamp/root cellar)
natural and alternative food prep (sprouting/raw food)
natural and alternative fuels (biomass/biogas)
natural and alternative freezing (ice box/gas adsorption)
natural and alternative grains (einkorn/kamut/spelt)
natural and alternative healing (food/herbs/relaxation)
natural and alternative HVAC (active/passive solar/desert cooler)
natural and alternative investing (ethical/local)
natural and alternative law (the law of equity)
natural and alternative memorization (chunking/loci/rhyme)
natural and alternative oils (olive/avocado/coconut)
natural and alternative paint (mineral pigments/linseed oil)
natural and alternative paper (hemp/bamboo/kenaf)
natural and alternative pest control (neem/salt/citrus/beneficial insects))
natural and alternative preservation (vinegar/alcohol/oil)
natural and alternative sanitation (dry composting toilet)
natural and alternative self-defense (krav maga/systema)
natural and alternative shoes (barefoot shoes)
natural and alternative skin care (aloe vera/shea/cocoa butter)
natural and alternative soap (sand/clay/castile soap)
natural and alternative toothpaste (baking soda/activated charcoal/essential oils)
natural and alternative toolmaking (blacksmithing)
natural and alternative ventilation (solar chimney/charcoal briquettes)
natural and alternative water purification (slow sand filtration)
natural and alternative weed control (mindful farming)