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  2. For the 100 items to disappear criticisms and critical thinking, I was a bit dismayed to hear the outright dismissal of the value of these types of lists. For sure, the lists with no explanation or discussion aren’t necessarily valuable, but CRITICAL THINKING is not the only tool you need here. What you need are PROBLEM SOLVING skills. Scientists have studied different categories of problems and identified patterns for solving them. The problem of coming up with a list of 100 items is best solved by a group. Not by some guy sitting by himself doing “critical thinking” and saying “I don’t think so”.

    Let me pick on your criticism of the boy scout handbook at #80 out of 100 in one of those lists. There is a rationale behind it. First, in a large scale disaster you can assume that access to the Internet is going to be limited, so you won’t be able to “Google that” when you’re trying to figure out how some of the basic survival skills. Therefore, to a lot of people it’s going to be attractive to have the basics all in one book. That title is going to have a recognizable brand, more than probably any other.

    Last point – not everything in a barter situation should be based on a rational need. It should also consider POPULARITY.

    I’d be the first to tell anyone, my musical tastes aren’t necessarily popular. But if I’m marketing to the public, I’d better be sure I’m appealing to what is popular and play what they like.

    So save a little room in your list for what you may find distasteful, but what others may find attractive.

    • Why would you store something that you find distasteful? If it has no value to you – beyond a presumed potential value to someone else in a hereto unknown situation where it may, possibly, be desired at some future point in time – why waste your effort, time and money storing it? There are plenty of items you can store for yourself that also have barter potential.

      Of course, you can store these items if you want to; If you feel that there’s an advantage to it, go ahead.

      And no, I don’t think it’s the same thing as playing the right music to a roomful of people. We’ve all seen the Blues Brothers.

      My point about the “100 items to disappear first” list is not that it’s a worthless list. Surely, it can be used as a thinking tool, but, it’s not a list of the first 100 items to disappear, especially if it’s supposed to be in order. I mean, seriously, #8 on the list is “… hand egg beaters, whisks.” Seriously? I don’t think so. An egg beater or whisk isn’t even on my “nice to have” list, as I can simply use a fork, or even a stick if needed.

      I very much dislike when people create something with little to no knowledge and pass it off as a “good thing.” Sadly, there’s far too much of it on the Internet, not just for preparedness, but just about everything.

      And speaking of critical thinking skills, that’s part of what the podcast was about. Not problem solving skills, though the two are closely related. Surely, you need the ability to solve problems and the better you are at it, the more likely you are to survive. However, my point was to use critical thinking skills to discern between good information and BS.

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