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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The preface gave great advice, to read it like a foreign language just forge ahead rather than getting caught up on the word or sentence level and rather just try to extract some context and meaning from the pieces you comprehend. But we are not and so he does not. The written word, dictionary, and the book were the first information storing and retrieving systems. The Spaceship Earth concept is, of course, seductive, like those of Ffuller or the Clash of Civilisations or the End of History, but such book-selling catch-phrases are either so general as to have no meaning for humanity unless you remove humanity from the equation altogether or are grossly simplistic when it comes to trying to decide what humanity which really means individual persons in societies and not some essentialist reified thing with one hive mind is to do next.

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They are not man-made laws. Though I understand his point, which to some extent is valid, I do not think it wise to completely do away with specialization in the manner suggested. 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.


He is a planner and we are the crooked timber that must be used to fulfil the plan for our own good. What, forty-four years on, is the future of Spaceship Earth? Some strange attempts at metaphysics. May 30, Paul Bard rated it did not like it Shelves: I give Bucky a pass on his cultural and scientific fallacies since his perspective is from the 60s.

This conflation of conservation with actually being infinitely available for our use is really where the problem lies.

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Biocapacity Optimum population Overpopulation Malthusian catastrophe Population Population ethics Population momentum Sustainable development Women’s reproductive rights Zero population growth.

Overall a great book with only a few outdated ideas. Goodreads helps you keep fulller of books you spaceshipp to read. L’autore, Buckminister Fuller, e’ un personaggio molto poliedrico: Nothing seems to be more prominent about human life than its wanting to understand all and put everything together.

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Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

The main thesis of the book is that humanity has been too manusl and siloed in its thinking and, as a result, we have lost the ability to see the whole system, the big picture. 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 years on, is the future of Spaceship Earth?

In this essay on man Mr. Fuller expresses what may well be his penultimate view of the human condition.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To find out more, click here. 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 the great vastness of space. Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper.

This is a text that believers may love but that the rest of us should question more critically and ask how or why buckminsfer engineer, who experimented with sleep patterns for himself and then was puzzled that his colleagues could not keep up, can or msnual have anything to say about the workings of the human soul. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres.

Refresh and try again. A high eclecticist with a neo-logizing tendency. You start to wonder if he’s lost it. States that we “must operate exclusively on our vast daily energy income from the powers of eartb, tide, water, and the direct Sun radiation energy”.

Hence something must be done. The tale of the Great Pirates is a sound enough mythic critique of what we have inherited as of but it is about as historically plausible as pretty well every other evangelical motivating myth that spaceshi; come out of the Anglo-Saxon imperium, from those of the Mormons and Madame Blavatsky to those of Margaret Murray and L.