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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Critical Path Publishing; Reprint edition (4 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097406050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974060507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 14 x 21.6 cm
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By donald wilson on 17 Feb. 2015
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Absolutely timeless, wonderful!! 26 April 2006
By Esa Juhani Ruoho - Published on
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This book is the one to read if you seriously need an information-overload on positivity, and doing what needs to be done on this Spaceship Earth. Everyone is crew, no-one is passenger. The information contained within this _very_ short book, bears reading every year, every month.
Buckminster Fuller should be so much more appreciated than what he was while he lived, but more so, what is the point of being a fan, if one isn't finding what one can do based on one's own experience, and then doing it. Find what needs to be done, and do it!
I wish I could send this book to everyone I know and have them read it, re-read it, and re-re-read it, just to make sure the information contained here-in gets absorbed into one's mind also. It is not mere rational information, this is what he came up out of intuitive, experience-based thinking, using the right hemisphere instead of the left-hemisphere.
Let there be many more Guinea Pigs between here, and the forced re-definition of utopia.
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6 Star Starting Point for Life Work of a "First Thinker" 21 Mar. 2014
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on
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I've read a number of books by Buckminster Fuller, but it was not until this one that I realized he is the only person that writes longer sentences than I do. He is also, as his daughter notes in the preface, a man who uses words with great precision, and invents words when he is certain none already exist. So many words in fact, that he has his own dictionary, Synergetics Dictionary, the Mind of Buckminster Fuller: With an Introduction and Appendices (4 Vols.).

I drew three big ideas from this slim volume:

01 All of the energy we create at great expense enriching the few is trivial in comparison to all the free energy offered to Earth by the Universe.

02 No other species -- no other elements of the Universe -- submits to the slavery of a wage, of having to "earn" a living. Why do we? Could that be our greatest intellectual and moral failing?

03 Fuller trusted in God and submitted himself to God. This is an aspect of his life and work I did not properly appreciate prior to reading this book.

The bottom line on this book, which I rate at beyond five stars, is that Fuller, alone among all minds, concluded that humanity was created by God as an experiment and to experiment -- to devine the universal principles and see where else they might lead us.

QUOTE (22) "Therefore the fact that we are designed to be born naked, helpless, and ignorant is, I feel, a very important matter."

Tied to naked ignorant helpless babies are two other Fuller thoughts in this book: first, that no one is a fool to be dismissed, only an alternative perspective to be factored in; and second, at the end of his life, he anticipated the moment when for the first time, instead of a global tower of Babel, we would achieve a point in human history "at which approximately everybody is "in" on both speech and information (p 25).

His biggest lasting lesson, the lesson that should be the first day in every school, every course, every year, is that you are going to have to do your own thinking. ALL teaching is in some form inaccurate, incomplete, and mis-directed. Intelligence is in the moment, in context, and found only in those who can achieve a holistic appreciation (to which I would add as Fuller would no doubt have added, true cost economics as pioneered by Dr. Herman Daly, see for instance Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics).

I am surprised to find that Fuller at one point considered suicide, and promptly rejected the idea as selfish. I have no doubt the matter never came up again.

The book draws to a close with some truly moving material on pages 36-37, in which Fuller outlines how he committed himself to God and God's evident intent that humanity be a functioning endeavor in which Fuller, one man, was to be an exemplar.

This book joins the following in my very small collection of pinnacle books. The others are

7 years from somewhere: Poems
Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition
Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
The Lessons of History

Inside this book is also a listing of all that Fuller left to humanity in the way of archives, and a listing of his 28 published books. At Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog I have created a series, BUCKY 2.0 that highlights a number of historical and current resources rooted in the life, mind, and invention of Buckminster Fuller. I am honored to know Medard Gabel, co-creator with Buckminster Fuller of the analog World Game (and architect of the digital EarthGame), and I am certain that a number of us are carrying on in the tradition of Buckminster Fuller, with the same faith in God and the same commitment to creating a prosperous world at peace, "a world that works for all."

NOTE: among Medard's books that I recommend are these:

Designing a World that Works for All: Solutions & Strategies for Meeting the World's Needs
Designing a World That Works for All: How the Youth of the World are Creating Real-World Solutions for the UN Millenium Development Goals and Beyond

I also recommend:

Empowering Public Wisdom: A Practical Vision of Citizen-Led Politics (Manifesto Series)
Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mind opener 23 Dec. 2010
By Fernando Caceres - Published on
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Bucky is a Mind Opener, cause you can see that a lot of things that today we do, don't have to be that way and we can improve our selfes as humans with a benefit to the planet. The abundance mentality, that's a huge step...
Tour de Force to why and how you can order your thoughts and address... CHANGING THE WORLD (doing your part) 13 April 2015
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An amazingly synthetic but dense framing of Bucky's Experience-based strategy of thinking and inspiring planning, protection and action FOR OUR SPACESHIP EARTH'S IMPROVEMENT (beginning with its passengers must valuable asset: their minds, thoughts and cognitive maps and strategies).
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well written insights from a true genius 20 Dec. 2013
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Bucky Fuller always wanted humanity to achieve the best possible future. He outlines his life's work in this book. Well written and a great read if you're interested in Fuller's work/life.
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