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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Fuller was clearly forward-thinking, and much of what he suggests remains pertinent and will likely play out in some degree over the 21st century.

Though I do value and admire humanities ability to work with what we have and, as he states “constantly do more with less” I think it irrational to believe that we ooerating not limited by our surroundings. The book relates Earth to a spaceship flying through space.

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I end with Fuller’s closing words: They also had a grand strategy of anticipatory divide and conquer. He gets close to a truth in his spqceship of the Great Pirates the one entertaining and worthwhile section of what is otherwise a monument to the turgid but it is still not spaaceship truth. His advocacy of ‘synergy’ and general systems theory reminds one of nothing less than the contemporaneous Rand Corporation, the cold calculations of Hermann Kahn and the vicious number crunching of the latterly contrite Robert McNamara as he judged the success of a war by the body bags.

L’idea dei combustibili fossili come mera batteria di accensione delle attivita’ tecnologiche sull’ “astronave”, la cui energia deve essere amministrata oculatamente. The brilliant syntheses of some fundamental Fuller principles given here makes of this book a microcosm of the Fuller system. You start to wonder if he’s lost it. Wealth is our organized capability to cope effectively with the environment in sustaining our healthy regeneration and decreasing both the physical and metaphysical restrictions of the forward days of our lives.

If persons were just units of existence with blank slates for minds, he might conceivably have a point.

Greenberger – – Foundations of Physics 13 9: Dec 24, Atao rated it it was amazing. Here, in a mood at once philosophical and involved, Mr. Finally, the analysis of the way that wealth is easily created in war but not in peace is a criticism that stands today of how sovereign ‘piratical’ states have served the interests of their historically continuous institutions far more often than they have of their peoples.


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He has also done us a service in suggesting that we are going to be more socially productive and creative if we are given more freedom spaceshpi think at leisure. Lists with This Book.

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

On the latter, he adopts an American populist approach that is analytically correct even if it may not be pragmatically meaningful, given where we are today. Fuller is optimistic that man will survive and, through research and development and increased industrialization, generate wealth so rapidly that he can do very great things.

I would have liked a little less background and a lot more focus on the actual I really wanted to like this book. With the present international situation, I suspect that those wealthy ones among us live in cruise ships, and some hundred millions of others are living on the giant plastic garbage island in the Pacific, lashed to our pleasure flotilla and shoveling coal into the boilers.

They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe. Some of it was good, but other parts of it were just too far beyond my understanding, particularly the bit on Synergy. Fuller’s incredibly inventive and eccentric diction makes comprehension of his message challenging. We have limited resources, we consume too much too fast, and we have no organized means of managing them for our future survival.

This is the world of American technocrats at the height of the Cold War and it is salutary to remember that the US lost the Vietnam War and that central planning ruined the Soviet Union just as it would no doubt eventually ruin the planet. And our spaceship is so superbly designed as to be able to keep life regenerating on board despite the phenomenon, entropy, by which all local physical systems lose energy.

The allure of this book to selfishness, vulnerability to psychopaths, and disenchantment with political process itself, combined with cynicism, makes it especially dangerous, because it ensures citizens who are functionally illiterate about political basics laid out by Plato and Aristotle for centuries.


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. The book is well ahead of its time. I am sure that he says precisely what he means but it is next to impossible to sustain an interest while being hectored by a person, no doubt kindly in intention in his way, who is egotistical to the nth degree – a ‘speech-talker’, as my daughter would term such types.

Of course, those wisest of men of the times would have seen little they could afford to do.

Dec 24, Chin Jian Xiong rated it liked it. Sadly, his are not such great thoughts either Pirates were the first interconnectors.

He is so, in part, because he sees us all not truly as intrinsically flawed individuals which we are and which makes us who we are at our best but as units of existence who can be made nobler by planners.

If we all try to think in the comprehensive manner suggested very little would actually be accomplished, instead our time would be spent trying to learn as much as we possibly could about everything.

This idea rightfully endures. Not bad ideas, but not much more than I could have gleaned from simply reading the book’s title. Additionally, he viewed computers as the answer to all of the world’s problems insomething that would grow organically and save the world, bringing economic equality to all, and saw city planners and the like as slightly less specialized thinkers simply because he thought that they had access to data that gave them the big picture of the world.

Like many of the time he saw what today would be called the singularity happening soon. So the panacea for this book is Plato and Aristotle, who are mannual instead of this book.