International recognition began with the success of huge geodesic domes during the s. Fuller lectured at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in , where he met James Fitzgibbon, who would become a close friend and colleague. Fitzgibbon was director of Geodesics, Inc. Thomas C.
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Mar 31, Ryan rated it liked it In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization.
His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this "grunch" of giants, so the book examines this In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization. His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this "grunch" of giants, so the book examines this conflict and the nature of control exerted by the grunch.
It is a vision firmly rooted in his mindset as an engineer: rigorously logical as opposed to political , considering the whole globe as a system. The problem? Sustaining the most people at the highest standard of living in the face of booming population. The solution? Cut, dried, efficient- and yet, admirable for how he simply cuts off considerations of the pragmatics of nation-states and class. Undoubtably, I agree with him in the sense that nations and politics are invented games that only hinder our true potential at this point in our development as a species.
However, he risks sounding naievely utopian if he leaves the political sphere unadressed- this book, I believe, is his attempt to grapple with the pragmatics of the situation. As you might gather, then, many of these ideas have been dealt with elsewhere and in greater detail. Perhaps this is due to his radically individual style- preferring to tackle every problem from his own perspective and by his own devices rather than by relying on inherited wisdom. His writing style also reflects this individuality.
Liberally interspersed with neologisms and long strings of participle adjectives, it bears more than a passing resemblance to the writings of a schizophrenic. However, by insisting on his idiosyncratic vocabulary world-around instead of worldwide, e. Is it genius or madness? A combination of the two. Many of his ideas were indeed ahead of their time, and he insisted on a global systemic approach long before ecology made it the norm.
A pretty fun book. A poet and genius and inventor who makes me blush that I have claimed I became a Librarian so I could be a Renaissance Man. This book is such a challenge to politics and politicians because it advocates looking at life and humanity from an entirely different perspective than any of their ilk.
He is so succinct - in spite of "repetition" that I Buckminster Fuller has been gone for nearly 30 years and the planet and human survival cry out for minds like his. He is so succinct - in spite of "repetition" that I think of more as refrains in a song - that any attempt to summarize would be long than the book itself, which is a mere 98 pages including the index. I will only say that I get goose bumps reading some of the observations he made in this book about economic and political trends that are so much more apparent now.
He invented a lot of words, including "livingry" to mean the opposite of weaponry, and he made it clear that if what we spent on weaponty were diverted to livingry then not only would no one starve, but every person on Spaceship Earth could live at a higher standard of living than ever conceived even by the rich.
GRUNCH of Giants