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5.0 out of 5 stars Will set you thinking, 14 Feb 2009
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Steven Unwin "Steve Unwin" (Preston, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was drawn to this book by its wonderful title and the recognition that I'd collected a number of quotations by its author without really knowing anything about him.

I found this book to be something of a curate's egg. In places it uses language to develop ideas in a really clear way. In other parts the language and structure of the description seems to make the ideas rather impenetrable. On balance, however, the ideas win through.

(Having found out a little more about R. Buckminster Fuller I have learned both that this is one of his more accessible volumes, and that his other books may well be worth the challenge.)

It is a book with some wonderful ideas, not least the one captured in the title, that the Earth is a spaceship travelling through space escorted by the Moon and following its mother ship, the Sun. Though written in the 1970 this metaphor, or perhaps its simply a realisation, provides a framework which encompasses many of the problems of sustainable living we are currently grappling with.

Equally the book has some very vivid and enlightening imagery with which to entice the reader to see and begin to challenge their current paradigm. It for example begins with a story of Global Pirates which is used to describe the recent history of western civilisation, its creation of empires and the division of the world into those that have and those that have not. In a dozen pages or so it describes our current paradigm for how the world works and some of the key characteristics of our environment and the thinking this has created.

For example our understanding of need and scarcity, the role of nationality, the use of knowledge. I found the description very thought provoking and began questioning many of the assumptions that drive my, and possibly our current behaviour. He outlined the assumptions that there will always be shortages of resources and food, which underpin a view of haves' and have-not's and our need to protect what we have, often at much greater cost than sharing what we have.

This is a thought provoking book, which though in parts challenging, is concise enough to warrant some re-reading. The ideas may shake your understanding and beliefs, which may be one of the most powerful ways of enabling change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The world needs more Bucky's, 15 Feb 2011
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Chris Colgan Innershift (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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Buckminster Fuller was so far ahead of his time that he was akin to a 20th century Da Vinci. If Buckminster's inventions, thoughts and beliefs were taught as part of the National Curriculum, school children and their teachers and lectureres would be left with no alternative but to change their currently held views and beliefs. They would realise that we need to make massive changes to the ways in which we think and act in order for us all to continue as a viable species riding aboard 'Spaceship Earth'. This book needs to be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clairvoyant Work, 15 May 2010
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Buckminster Fuller was a remarkable genius whose works are absolutely unique.

This book is a good introduction to his transcendent way of thinking. It describes for the first time, the concept that our little planet has finite resources, and since it was written, we have seen that he sensed very well the direction that society was taking.

Though his thoughts may seem outdated now in certain ways, this book, and his other works, continue to provide inspired reading within the framework of the quest to understand human life on this planet, and related philosophical ideas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I expected more from the book, 5 May 2014
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R. Buckminster Fuller had some very good ideas, but this book oversimplifies everything too much and doesn't give evidence of most of what it claims to be true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Aug 2014
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this is a book for our time
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