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Critical Path
Buckminster Fuller
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1982
Paperback, 512 pages
ISBN: 0312174918

Bucky quoted by Cummings:
A lot of people think, or believe or know the feel (experience) - but that's thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling (experiencing). Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be thought to feel (experience). Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you have a lot of other people; but the moment you feel (experience), your're nobody-but-yourself. To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the [...] battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
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Buckminster Fuller's Universe
His Life and Work
Lloyd Steven Sieden.
Perseus, London, 2000
534 pages

An astonishing book not from Buckminster Fuller but about him. The author Lloyd S. Sieden is very familiar with Bucky's terms and thinking and this book is the best place to start with, as Bucky's own writing is very cryptic. (Or, as Stewart Brand says: "He started to talk funny.") After reading a couple of Bucky's own books this one suddenly lets things become much clearer!
Very comprehensive in every sense, explaining the geometrical concepts and many other, unknown details!

- transendentalism (Aunt)
- voices
- mistakes are not only important - but necessary
- chronofiles p. 70
- 99.99 p. 64 of what influences monst mundane daily life will bot be perceived by the human senses. WWI reading!
- "pattern integrities" p.99 Einstein (pr?)
- 133 sleep
- p 134 Kaffeehaus
- 214 maps:Mercator: needs & use
- 227 View things
- 353-4 Observing change, brakes, phones, cans
- 358 News, Men, Lindbergh
- 360 Geoscope !!!
- 376 globalisation = good, "worldwide awareness" large corporations provide the solutions
- 387 socially abundant resources (critical path book)

p. 27 "He felt that, like almost all human organisations, including governments, industries, and religions, the primary function of the educational system is self-perpetuation and acquisition of fame, fortune, and power for the people who control it. Rather then contributing to the wisdom and well-being of everyone, he believed organisations attempt to indoctrinate individuals into accepting traditional dogma, restrict the perspective of members, and influence individuals to believe rather than think for themselves."

p. 64 "99.999 percent of the activity that influences even the most mundane aspects of daily life could not be perceived by the human senses."

p. 97 "Bucky determined that when two individuals successfully communicate with one another, something people refer to as "understanding" occurs, but understanding cannot be found within the physical body of either person. Understanding exemplifies the numerous synergistic phenomena which transpire between humans but cannot be materially isolated. He felt that such phenomena. like everything which transpires between human beings, are metaphysical, yet have the potential for influencing our physical environment."

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