Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth has ratings and reviews. Hadrian said: What, forty-four years on, is the future of Spaceship Earth? Ol’ Bu. OPERATING MANUAL FOR SPACESHIP EARTH by Buckminster Fuller. 1. COMPREHENSIVE PROPENSITIES. I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary. Buckminster Fuller (–) was an architect, engineer, geometrician, and one of Fuller’s most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth is a.

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Anne Chapman – – Ethics, Place and Environment 7 Integral functions – wealth is expanded by development of tools which go beyond what was integral to man Awesome Quotes from the book Only our minds are able to discover the generalized principles operating without exception ineach and every special-experience case which if detected and mastered will operatlng knowledgeableadvantage in all instances.

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Fuller was brilliant–and I’m sure his work was suppressed to some degree because he seems politically closer to anarchist and can envision a world of equality for all people–to realize that all sailors were inherently pirates because floating massive tonnage was the lowest energy cost method of moving goods thus the cheapest, both in terms of labor and fuel. Science and Technology in Society: This philosophical primitivism is a shame because there is a great deal of merit in his analysis of capitalism even if he seems loathe to be direct about his primary enemy lest he get accused of being a fellow-traveller with the equally flawed communist alternative that had divided up the world with Washington while he wrote.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Buckmiinster to Systems Philosophy: Just getting a grasp huckminster his arguments is difficult enough, even though what I think he is trying to say is fairly simple. Some strange attempts at metaphysics. Careful attention is given to dead-end sections of argument while points required to establish the author’s case are hand-waved with assertions and false analogies. Sep 16, Emily Butler rated it liked it. Account Options Sign in.

There is much more wealth in the world and it is distributed far less equally, and I only hope that if Bucky saw our wondrous world of skyscrapers that he would recognize it for the distortion of his proposals.

Yet in observing a little child,we find it is interested in everything and spontaneously apprehends, comprehends, and coordinatesan ever expending inventory of experiences. I got back to his classic work Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth after many years.

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He cites the laws of conservation of energy and matter as some how helping his case that man’s intellect will be able to overcome the problems of limited resources. A sort of instinctive scientific progressivism that buckmimster what computers can do to model our universe and underestimates the logic of an AI displacing us as soon as it can model it better than us.


The Pirates establish governments in various areas and support leaders who will defend their trade routes. Anticipatory divide and conquer was much more effective than tardy buckmineter and conquer But specialization is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the “expert” is fooled into accepting manuaal slavery by making him feel that in return he is in a socially and culturally preferred, ergo, highly secure, lifelong position. The Great Pirate concept is explained in depth, and the source of their power is that they are the only masters of global information in a time where people are focused locally.

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

Suggests “How big can we think? View all 4 comments. Fuller’s, and though used by Barbara Ward as the title of a work of her own the idea was acknowledged by her there as deriving from Mr. Family planning Pledge two or fewer Human population planning One-child policy Two-child policy Population biology Population decline Population density Physiological density Population dynamics Population growth Population model Population pyramid Projections of population growth.

Rickman – – London: Trivia About Operating Manual Fuller seems to be missing some important points, these being 1 that specialization is necessary at times and 2 that our resources are in fact finite. He is so, in part, because he sees us all not truly as intrinsically flawed individuals which we are and which makes us who we are at our best but as units of existence who can be made nobler by planners.

Feb 06, Leah Rich rated it really liked it. I would have liked a little less background and a lot more focus on the actual operating manual aspect, which he only touches upon in the last chapter with a whole lot of hand waving. Oct 22, Joe Ball rated it it was amazing. He has also done us a service in suggesting that we are going to be more socially productive and creative if we are given more freedom to think at leisure.

Though I understand his point, which to some extent is valid, I do not think it wise to manuaal do away with specialization in the manner suggested. Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Operatiing, while the archaeological evidence didn’t exist at the time of his writing, massive evidence of the earliest cultures also fits his model of the post Columbian age perfectly this sort of piracy goes back to at least BC with Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures raping the world of its resources.


This is a brief overview of nearly everything, from an important systems expert futurist. Though this claim is true and perhaps we should be wary of it at times most of fuuller advances do in fact come about by some form of specialization. Buckminster Fullerfirst published infollowing an address with a similar title given to the 50th annual convention of the American Planners Association in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.

I don’t agree with Fuller that resources are unlimited, but I do think this kind of structure would definitely increase what we’re able to produce and how effectively it’s tor.

It’s not a perfect book, but it is a necessary one. I must, however, disagree with his future characterization of the earth as a spaceship – that would imply some military hierarchy, international cooperative What, forty-four maanual on, is the future of Spaceship Earth? Return to Book Page. The main thesis of the book is that humanity has been too shortsighted and siloed in its thinking and, as a result, we have lost the ability to see the whole system, the big picture.

Fuller traces man s intellectual evolution and weighs his capability for survival on this magnificent craft, this Spaceship Earth, this superbly designed sphere of almost negligible dimension in xpaceship great vastness of space.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Describes how people perceive his prognostications, and the conclusion that fairly reasonable forecasts can be made of approx 25 years.

I haven’t read any Buckminster Fuller in a long time. He seems to believe that the age of pirates duller with the First World War, but the truth seems to be that piracy has expanded greatly and become controlled by the governments with the use of military might US military bases and ads for our Navy as the world’s ‘peacekeeper’ are ample evidence of this.

Halleck Snippet view – He was an awesome entrepreneur and technician but I think he was stifled by his communication and politicking abilities.

They also had a grand strategy of anticipatory divide and conquer.