Part of my subsequent lack of enthusiasm is down to style. There is no doubt that Buckminster Fuller was a genius of sorts - at least as an engineer, planner and technologist - but he writes like a 'speak your weight' machine with a propensity for creating neologistic compound words that would put German philosophy to shame. Far from inspiring, I came to this cult 'classic' in the fervent hope that it might allow me, finally, to 'get' modern environmentalism for which this is a seminal text. Far from inspiring, the man just cannot write imaginative prose and yet his subject cries out for imagination.
Comprehensive propensities[ edit ] Describes how people perceive his prognostications, and the conclusion that fairly reasonable forecasts can be made of approx 25 years.
The idea that specialization is society's vehicle, but perhaps unnatural. The concept of the Great Pirate also emerges as the first peoples to undertake sea vessels and first sea traders. Origins of specialization[ edit ] 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.
Specifically, the Great Pirates are aware that resources are not evenly distributed around the world, so that items which are abundant in one area are scarce in another.
This gives rise to trade which the Great Pirates exploit for their own advantage. Power struggles for waterways ensue, requiring people like Leonardo da Vinci and Operating manual for spaceship earth to design better defenses for the Great Pirates. The Pirates establish governments in various areas and support leaders who will defend their trade routes.
As engineers become involved with the Great Pirates many new concepts appear, but the main one was of the Navy. As the size of the people in the Great Pirates' employment grow, training becomes a necessity, and the beginnings of schools and colleges ensue.
Monarchs are encouraged to develop civil service systems to provide secure but specialized employment for their brightest subjects, which prevents them from competing with the Great Pirates in their lucrative global trading.
Thus the Great Pirates guarded the advantages that their unique global perspective revealed. Comprehensively commanded automation[ edit ] World War I emerges as the struggle between the 'out-pirates' electronic and chemical warfare and the 'in-pirates' electromagnetics.
This change from the visible to the invisible forced the Great Pirates to rely on experts, which causes the end of the Great Pirates who previously had been the only ones that were truly multi-disciplined.
The public is unaware that Great Pirates have been ruling the earth, and the role falls back to kings and politicians, though the frameworks of trade, rating and accounting remain. Spaceship earth[ edit ] This chapter sets up the idea that the earth is a spaceship, with the sun as our energy supplier.
The idea of the earth is as a mechanical vehicle that requires maintenance, and that if you do not keep it in good order it will cease to function. General systems theory[ edit ] Likens humanity to a chick that has just broken out of its shell and is now ready to enter the next phase of its existence.
Suggests "How big can we think?
The highest priority need of world society is a realistic accounting system, instead of one where a top toolmaker in India gets paid in a month what he would make in a day in Detroit. The regenerative landscape[ edit ] Defines tools as either craft tools that can be invented by one man, such as bows and arrows, and industrial tools that can not be produced by one man, such as the S.
Finds language to be the first industrial tool. States that craft tools were used to create industrial tools.
States that to take advantage of potential wealth we must give life fellowships to each person who is or becomes unemployed, and states that for everyfellowships given out one person will come up with something so valuable that it will pay for the remaining 99, fellowships.
Predicts that soon the great office buildings will be turned into residences and that all the work that had been done in them will be done in the basements of a few buildings.
States that we "must operate exclusively on our vast daily energy income from the powers of wind, tide, water, and the direct Sun radiation energy". Ends with anecdotal comments about his travels using three watches to keep track of time, at the office, where he is, and where he is going next, and an admonition "So, planners, architects, and engineers take the initiative".• 3 • Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth such as the fact that more than half of humanity as yet exists in miserable poverty, prematurely doomed, unless we alter our comprehensive physical circumstances.
Operating manual for Spaceship earth Read all bout those do's and don'ts Don't pour filth into rivers Rivers are like the blood in our veins Don't pour filth into the air. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth - Bucky Fuller As I have return to serious reading, am devouring the works of Bucky and understanding it in a whole new light.
Bucky is a genius in the league of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo/5. Operating manual for Spaceship earth, Read all about those do's and don'ts. Operating manual for Spaceship earth, Read all bout those do's and don'ts. Don't pour filth into rivers, Rivers are like the blood in our veins.
Don't pour filth into the air, Air is the best thing that we can breathe. Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth is a short book by R. Buckminster Fuller, first published in , following an address with a similar title given to the 50th annual convention of the American Planners Association in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C., on 16 October Author: Buckminster Fuller.
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth is a short book by R. Buckminster Fuller, first published in , following an address with a similar title given to the 50th annual convention of the American Planners Association in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C., on 16 October Author: Buckminster Fuller.