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Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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."
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.Read more ›
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Though his thoughts may seem outdated now in certain ways, this book, and his other works, continue to provide inspired reading within the framework of the quest to understand human life on this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.
Spaceship Earth provides a justification, based on Fuller's unique and compelling narrative of the history of western civilization, to reject specialization as harmful to the survival of our species. He reveals the great deception of shortages (energy, jobs, money) as a boldfaced lie by the world's most powerful interests (the "great pirates") and backs his assertion with compelling evidence. By putting boundaries on our thinking, e.g. the common prefaces to verbal expression we often hear, like "I'm not a lawyer," or "I'm not an engineer," that unfairly diminish the value of people's mental capacity to make moral judgments, we facilitate the "divide and conquer" strategy of the great pirates.
Original thinkers do not always command attention. People tend to refer to them as "ahead of their time," or "impractical," or even "dishonest." Amazingly, Buckminster Fuller enjoyed the opposite during his lifetime. A master of many disciplines, he received no less than 41 honorary PhDs., yet described himself as a "non-conforming misfit" and was expelled from Harvard University, twice!
The introduction is written by Fuller's grandson, Jamie Snyder, who lived and worked with Fuller for 28 years. He admits that Bucky's writing style can be complex due to his tendency to invent words and spin dynamic phrases when nothing else could express his thoughts. Snyder's suggestion is to just read through sections that are not immediately clear to get a sense of meaning, then after consideration, reread them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bucky was truly a visionary; a futurist. And the language is so "of the time", the reading of this book transports you back to a different time.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
i really love the book. and bucky fuller. but the book had a huge sticker on the front from the seller which tore the cover when i tried to remove it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica Lentz
So, so good. I love Fuller and have tried to read all of his work (and related work, about him) that I can get my hands on. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ryan Essex
Fairly cohesive worldview. His arguments are consistent as he begins the book and throughout. It's a slim volume so you won't be getting into Lichtenstein or Thus Spake... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lorne K
Reading Bucky Fuller's "manual" is a real treat almost 50 years after it was published. His ideas about our relationship to nature and what we have done to the planet are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ronald
A must read. We need to change our ideology and this steers humanity in the right direction.Published 10 months ago by Andrea Cook