buckminster fuller

buckminster fuller

on wikipedia

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. — Bucky Fuller

fuller too much law

this is ginormous.

this is how we support 7 billion art-ists.

and that changes – everything.

perhaps compulsion and ownership (intellectual property) are eating us alive.





fuller change law:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.    – Bucky

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.    –Upton Sinclair

so yeah. let’s do this thing. let’s build this thing.



bucky site


The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual. –Buckminster Fuller


collection via Rob:


1978 interview..

4 min – city management – if make a bad decision.. immediately change their mind.. don’t have scapegoating of various politicians – but simply a re-direction…

Mits Kataoka interviews Buckminster Fuller, 1978

6:30 – It is perfectly clear to me that the only control over the learning process has always been the individual. We are designed so much more capably than our school systems. […] We are programmed in an extraordinary way, each of us a little bit differently.


9:50 – They [children] are always educating themselves. […] They are beautiful research departments and grownups don’t realize what incredible research departments they are. […] If you give the child the chance to really select the information it needs, it is going to educate itself very much more rapidly and very much better than any school system that has ever been devised.

ni ness

16 min – we have to get over the idea of babysitting

17 min – change from – how do you make money – to – how do you make sense


thinking out loud – 1.5 hr video from 1996 – via Chris:

whenever i draw a circle, i immediately want to step out of it.

calls himself a very ordinary human being.. a random element

3 min – impossibles were happening seemingly everyday

5 min – he talked of his lectures of thinking out loud (did some 400/yr)

7 min – highly feasible to take care of everyone… by 1985

11 min – he didn’t fit anywhre

12 min – daughter of 3 died when he was 27 – was going to commit suicide.. then he realized he didn’t belong to himself.. he didn’t have the right to get rid of himself.. and so a turn – toward working for all of mankind..

13 min – we seek in the essential pages of 4d – to create a book that shall never end

we have overlooked the most essential – the home

13 min – singular brainstorming – his etchings et al

commonplace book ness

he started to call himself 4-d

16 min – never talked about money or his wife.. talked about tension and hexagon

17 min – presenting house – 1929

house – 5000$, rotates with sun, could be transported – pre fab – thought housing was one of artifacts of human beings that had least development

hexayurt ness

19 min – nothing to do with architecture – everything to do with dreams… fuller wanted to use tech – not just express ideas about it

dymaxion house – a machine for living in

20 min – he wasn’t with us.. he was off in another dimension… then goes on to explain boyhood.. boat to get mail everyday, et al

we are living in a spheroidal uni… not a cubical one..

x-d glasses ness

22 min – island life, low tech

tension rather than compression.. ideas originated in a low tech situation

23 min – take all machinery away – everyone goes hungry…. take all the politicians away – people still eat… could make world work with political barriers down… any more than you can run the human ….like walls between eyes and ears..

one ness

24 min – his flying boat car – omni directional plummeting device – 3 wheels – Jay Baldwin

27 min – long car – could turn on a dime

28 min – parallel park ness

33 min – john cage

35 min – housing as a service industry – grain bins – during new deal – but went to military – because of ww2 – so never used for intended purpose

36 min – you don’t sell stuff.. you see what needs to be done and you do it

emergence by emergency..

38 min – most efficient – aircraft mentality.. make houses in airplane factory

his ideas were all revolutionary (ie: dang car) – but couldn’t find people to build/support

41 min – circular house in wichita

44 min – you don’t have to worry about beauty.. because if you understand your problem – it will always come out beautiful

45 min – i live on earth at present and i don’t know what i am. i know that i am not a category. i am not a thing – a noun. i seem to be a verb.

46 min – black mtn college – merce cunningham – to build a dome house

49 min – house went up and then fell.. said he was delighted.. because he only learns from failures

50 min – there was a larger purpose to Bucky – always.. ie: housing for all the people in the world… stocked in airplanes.. and then dropped all over the world..

53 min – never design anything you can already build

54 min – look around you in nature.. you don’t see any right angles

56 min – he wanted to be praised, flattered…. because he wasn’t even sure he existed..

59 min – 1953 – got his flying house.. but through military – many didn’t like this – but he just say it as practical.. as a means… to housing the world..

1:00 – the importance in weightless ness of a house – the rest of us didn’t pay any attention

1:01 – beds are empty 2/3 of time, out living rooms are empty 7/8 of the time, our office buildings are empty 1/2 of the time, it’s time we gave this some thought.

1:03 – dome – greatest invention since the arc

1:04 – play dome, church, washer, et al – dedicated to doing more with less

1:05 – i’m not a dome salesman – i’m interested in the structures of nature that hold things together

1:09 – he was the great enemy of the architectural profession throughout his life.. and we loved him despite it..

1:11 – wars have always been about not enough to go around..  it’s not that domes make people behave.. but in doing more with less.. if we can take care of 100% of humanity.. then fundamental reasons of war taken care of

67 world fair – lifted people’s hearts – montreal

1:14 – lost sound – right after – all you need is yourself..

1:15 – sounds back – a design revolution – doing more with less

shoot – sound in an out.. through 1:18

1:18 – on world game – where every one has enough –

1:20 – you may think i’m taking up a lot of your time – but i don’t think man has much time

1:22 – i’m convinced that whatever i am – i’m not the physical me – in regard to the tons of food and water i’ve taken in.. and all that’s shed from me..

1:23 – don’t let up

1:28 – he and anne die at same time – holding hands – 1983

bfi moving to san fran mar 2017.. i reply to email:

“Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
if true… if serious about this..
let’s connect.. for blank’s sake
shortest time
spontaneous coop
w/o offense/disadvantage
a nother way: https://redefineschool.com/shortbit/
model a means for 7 bn to leap via mech to listen to and facil 7 bn curiosities..
ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way
SteveBrant (@SteveBrant) tweeted at 1:03 PM – 25 Jul 2018 :
@hjarche The dark side of social media is a product of the dark side of human nature. We need a vision that calls to our better side. That’s how #TheForce can defeat this! @HamillHimself #WorldPeace #WarIsObsolete #BuckminsterFuller https://t.co/y1MM1m0utx (http://twitter.com/SteveBrant/status/1022195656730071040?s=17)
it is now feasible to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. it no longer has to be you or me. selfishness is unnecessary. war is obsolete. it is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry. -BF

yeah that
eudaimoniative surplus via gershenfeld sel

ai as augmenting interconnectedness
via jon on fb – on anne and bucky’s death
He suddenly looked up at me, across the bed, and said “I know she’s squeezing my hand, she’s squeezing my hand!!!!!” He stood up—- and it was then that he had a massive heart attack.
He died, but not at her bedside, and about an hour later. Jaime and I never saw him again to talk to. But after he had died, he had an exquisitely happy smile on his face. I think he felt that perhaps mother was sort of hanging on the edge because she was afraid to leave without his going too, and that he should ushered the way for them both to depart together. It was 36 hours later before she actually did die. She never did have any further communication with us. Who knows if she knew he had gone ahead.

1:22 – i’m convinced that whatever i am – i’m not the physical me – in regard to the tons of food and water i’ve taken in.. and all that’s shed from me..

article (via jon fb share) from jul 2020 – A 1981 interview with the late architect, futurist, and proponent of the geodesic dome. [https://hightimes.com/culture/high-times-greats-buckminster-fuller/]:

For the May, 1981 issue of High TimesRobert Anton Wilson interviewed designer, author, and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1985). On the occasion of Bucky’s birthday July 12, we’re republishing the interview below.

It was in 1927, after failing in the construction business and seeing his first daughter die of polio, that Bucky Fuller, then 32, reached the bottom and started bouncing back toward the top. Standing on the shore of Lake Michigan and contemplating suicide, Fuller asked, “Do I know best or does God know best whether I may be of any value to the integrity of Universe?” He decided that he had no right to terminate his life until he had made an intelligent effort to discover what purpose God might have had in creating him

Bucky actually stopped talking for a year while he worked that Zen-like koan out in his head. During that year of silent meditation, he decided that “in my first thirty-two years of life I had been positively effective in producing life-advantaging wealth—which realistically protected, nurtured and accommodated X numbers of human lives for Y numbers of forward days—only when I was doing so entirely for others and not for myself….Thus it became obvious that if I worked always and only for all humanity, I would be optimally effective.”

Having been thrown out of Harvard twice for unruly behavior, Fuller had no academic degrees; having failed in business, he had nobody willing to invest in him. For the next 25 years, 1928-52, he produced one astonishing innovation in building and mathematics after another—and all were generally ignored by industry, although occasionally featured in the newspapers as designs for the world of tomorrow. Then, in 1952, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered that Fuller’s geodesic domes could be built more cheaply and would deliver more strength per pound of material than any other structure known. The Marines began building Fuller domes everywhere, and others gradually began to sit up and take notice. Since then more and more of Fuller’s ideas have been applied successfully by more and more corporations and governments in more and more parts of the world: His stature and influence have grown astronomically. His coined word “synergy”—meaning “behaviors of whole systems not predictable from the behaviors of the individual elements”—has been taken up in dozens of fields of science, in management, in encounter groups. His expression “Spaceship Earth” is used almost daily in the media. He has even been invited back to Harvard as a full professor.

A third phase of Bucky Fuller’s career began at the age of 85, with the publication of his apocalyptical and controversial book, Critical Path

You don’t have to know anything to be brilliantly negative. Do you understand that, sir? Anybody who can speak can be brilliantly negative. The only sign of intelligence is to be brilliantly positive. Anyone can say that there are no solutions; that’s being brilliantly negative. To assert that there are solutions, and demonstrate them, is being brilliantly positive.

No, no, no. There is no place to hide. This time it has to be everybody or nobody.

for (blank)’s sake

Everything is a verb, a wave function. I am a wave. You only see me because of interference, because light is bouncing off me. We don’t understand Universe or Mind because we keep thinking of them as nouns, static things, and they are not static at all, not nouns…t

organism as fractal et al

There is no “one most important thing,” since every system in Universe is plural and at minimum six. No, I have never found one most important thing. I deal in Universe always and only.