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Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Paperback – July 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-3037781265 ISBN-10: 3037781262 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Muller; 1 edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3037781262
  • ISBN-13: 978-3037781265
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983), architect and philosopher

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A terribly important book.
Mark Sarich
This book is a must read for everyone, not just those who are interested in preserving our planet.
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An excellent book that will change the way you see the world.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
If you have any interest in R. Buckminster Fuller's philosophies, inventions and thoughts, this book is a good starting point. Other of his works can be more difficult to absorb, easily. Fuller's basic concepts of "synergy," "ephemeralization" and "modern day pirates" are all made clear here. If you read this short work and are intrigued by the man and the distinctions he brought to the world, you can proceed from here.

Sorry OMSE is getting difficult to find. Now that Bucky's "phantom Captain" has moved on, his words are what we have to instruct us -- these, and the wonderful contributions of Bucky's students to the "world game."
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on March 10, 2000
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R. Buckminster Fuller's (Bucky hereout), designer of the geodesic dome (one can see at EPCOT), lays down the thought patterns of a successful world in this short and concise book based on his discoveries (probably more appropriate than inventions, as he said "I am not tryingto imitate nature, I'm trying to find the principles she uses"). It is in this book that Bucky gives the reader insight into how he thinks, and how to change ones thinking entirely, to see the Earth as a Spaceship. To feel yourself riding the Earth as a Spaceship. Demonstrating from the anceint "pirates" and how evolution is changed through specialization. How a wealthy nation, such as ours, cannot afford to make economical mishaps or delays on such life-giving elements as water. Moving our modes of consciousness into Einsteinian, omni-directional thinking, we can then turn to everyone to "co-operate." To help others, and not gain at the expense of others. Certainly a classic in its own right, this book will change the way you think, not about life or the world, just that you change your thinking, making every action a universal consequence. There is only one Earth, and we are all living in it. Reccomended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ila France Porcher, Author of The Shark Sessions on April 24, 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 27, 2009
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I was actually expecting an Operating Manual. Although what I ended up with is a 136-page double-spaced "overview" by Buckminster Fuller, a sort of "history and future of the Earth in 5,000 words or less, bracketed by a *wonderful* introduction by grandchild Jamie Snyder, an index, a two-page resource guides, and some photos and illustrations including the Fuller Projections of the Earth.

First, the "core quote" that I can never seem to find when I need it:

OUR MISSION IS "To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone." Inside front cover.

The introduction is a treat--I note "impressive" and appreciate the many insights that could only come from a grandchild of and lifelong apprentice to Buckminster Fuller.

Highlights for me:

Founder of Design Science, a company by that name is now led by Medard Gabel who served as his #2 for so long. I just attended one of their summer laboratories and was blown away by the creativity and insights. It is a life-changing experience for those with a passion for Earth.

He imagined an inventory of global data. I am just now coming into contact with all of this great man's ideas, but my third book, Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time, also online at the Strategic Studies Institute in very short monograph form, is totally in harmony with this man's vision for a global inventory of global data.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne R. Fitzgerald on March 20, 2012
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This is a classic I somehow missed and worth going back to. Buckminster Fuller is STILL original and delightful, even after all this time. How did I miss reading this years ago? The book is a pastiche of bits and pieces, but they're all Bucky pieces and worth your time because he is always so thought provoking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Walker on December 11, 2012
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This is inspiring reading. Buckminster Fuller's was a mind decades ahead of its time. His specific ideas for preserving "Spaceship Earth" are no longer surprising -- they're common sense. But more interesting to me in this book are the glimpses of his thought process, and the way he cultivates visionary thinking in himself and others. After repeated failures early in adulthood, he came close to suicide. Yet he was able to recast his "failures" into a positive, imaginative approach to life and thinking.
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