I think there is a lot to say about statistics and the understanding of that - I was shocked the first time I calculated myself the probabilities of false positive for of prostate cancer checks, Ever since I started to look at the data and question the truth in it.
There are few books that the soft scientists could do to improve but they are apparently too old to be bothered....
In general any non physics or math study these days is soft science to me - too much shit and too much statistics that the 'researchers' do not understand themselves. But maybe there is truth in it. Maybe not. Maybe even there are people that are inclined to play silly games because of their click speed characteristic - faster than everybody else before 25 and dying of Parkinson at 35. Who knows? Maybe there are people that have slow mouse reactions but fast thinking that compensate that so they have never had to work on speed of their clicks? Other than that old people are slower then young - yes and? I guess I am an old fart because I passed age when such tragedies excited me....
The other truth is... the American Revolution wasn't started by a bunch of serfs, it was started by rich land owners who didn't like their deal...
That is the truth about almost any revolution there ever was. In reality any uprising of the masses that did not get organized by some silly or evil group from the top, failed.
- body in good shape. If there is a serious problem with society then your stamina, resistance to small injuries and some such are vital. Weak individual even if embedded in a group that is willing to sacrifice its resources for a fat intelligent and skillful fat blob is at risk of losing its investment.You want to be useful you cannot be sick and weak or at least not in any serious approximation of apocalypse i.e. where societal damage is going to last for longer than few months.
- flexibility. That is the basis of any survival anyway. If you do not succeed one way because one tool is missing you can quickly find a replacement. If one way is blocked you try another. If you see society decaying and fast you make life saving decisions like increasing level at which you trust a stranger but if there is nobody else helping then you try what they propose anyway etc.IT seems the viking settlements in Greenland lost its ability to survive because when climate cooled down they strange as it sounds for viking tribe did not switch to food from the sea. Inflexibility kills.
- having luck is vital. You have to survive impact of the agent of apocalypse, you have to survive the resulting civil strife, you have to avoid any of conditions and injuries that today are curable but may be life threatening if no medical service is available. One of the main causes of blood poisoning in medieval times was infection from decaying wisdom tooth. No skill can help avoiding such things.You just need some luck.
- positive thinking goes a long way. OC in life threatening situation even most depressive of depressed start thinking about survival. Positive thinking is a great tool for survival for individual and a group.
I guess there is more but the above listed general conditions are basics and no amount of skill can help if you run out of luck, cannot see lucky condition because lost hope, or being stubborn enough to die. There are also some other issues with that - I guess the agent of apocalypse must be strong but mild enough to let big enough part of society to survive or else the discussion is rather pointless. Plaugue for instance killed somewhere around 1/3 of Europe population - it did not destroy civilization but made quite an impact. Is this enough to call it apocalypse? Large enough flying rock impact can be devastating but depending on how big it maybe devastating more for some than for others leading to war etc. In such situation being an intelligent psychopath can be very helpful. Still if some groups of humans survive the most important factors are the above with skills like hunting, fighting and knowledge about simple health helping techniques being just a bonus.
I recall watching CNN in some crap hotel somewhere where this was the only channel in a language I understood and they were talking about Middle East while consistently referring to west coast of Africa. I guess in ignorance US citizens do not occupy the first place alone - after living in many countries for years I concluded that only constant aspect of humans culture that is always clearly visible is that - ignorance.
What stroke me when I read your statement is that I noticed that not many coders I know can code properly anyway. I laugh every time I have to explain them the basics and why 'teh shit' they coded does not work. They produly disagree and search for another week or two only to produce even more shit which I promptly send back. There are quite a lot of those. In light of that I would actually welcome some coal miners - they cannot be worse and in my experience common sense is better than a finished programming course (yes I dd some of those myself so I know).
To shoot Z. into the sun? Come to think of it, maybe a good idea even if it does not do anything to FB
Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed.