Critical Path Paperback – Feb 15 1982
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“Critical Path is a state-of-the-art summary of human evolution.” ―Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy
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R. Buckmister Fuller received 47 honorary degrees, held twenty-eight patents, was awarded the Medal of Freedom, and was the author of twenty nine books. He died in 1983.
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(Part of my "starter's kit" along with everything ever written by C. Wright Mills, Alvin Toffler, Fritjof Capra, Noam Chomsky, Joseph Campbell, John Kenneth Galbraith, Gaston Bachelard, Abraham Maslow, Michel Foucault, and Bertrand Russell)
by Lloyd Steven Sieden, Norman Cousins for some insight on him, or check out the Buckminster Fuller Institute which has many of his books online.
There's also a lot of poetic content here -- the links to bull's head symbolism for example. These symbols or literary tropes come out even more strongly in 'Tetrascroll', a piece of art, but also a narrative (I've been privileged to see one of the few of the limited edition originals in Corvallis, Oregon -- a giant tetrahedral book that unfolds to cover a large floorspace, only 30 or so in existence, if that many).
One of the factual items included in Critical Path which I considered more easily checkable than some of the more speculative stuff, had to do with contemporary maritime matters. Fuller asserted that the Russians, post-WWII, had decided to invest in vertol technology (so had the English of course -- Harriers and such), and to use submarines as a basing platform for their vertols, instead of surface ships (i.e. instead of aircraft carriers). OK, a simple statement of fact.
Now that it's in book that anyone can buy at Borders or Waldens or whatever, it can't be considered secret info, if it ever was secret (I thought it must have been, given Fuller claimed even many in Congress hadn't been privy to this little tidbit hitherto, plus I'd never heard of such vessels).Read more ›
Those writings eventually became the book Buckminster Fuller's Universe - an easily accessible translation of some of his ideas as well as a guide to understanding how his life affected the development of his famous operating strategy. Much of that operating strategy (for both humankind and each of us as individuals) is laid out in this book.
Spend time with this book. Spend time with Bucky. He was wise enough to make available all that he learned during his fifty-six year personal experiment to determine what one individual could do on behalf of all humankind that could not be achieved by any organization no matter how powerful.
Critical Path is but one of the artifacts he left for our enlightenment, and, in my opinion, it is the most accessible of Bucky's writing. It is not an easy read, but it is well worth the effort. I can personally attest to that fact that understanding and employing the wisdom that Bucky uncovered and shared has the power to make enormous shifts in people's lives as well as the welfare of the crew of the planet he named Spaceship Earth.
Critical Path is a summation of a life devoted to the betterment of all humanity and based on the premise that one individual can make a difference if he or she takes care of the things that need to be done. Through our combined learnings and accumulated metaphysical know-how, humanity has reached a point where we can all do whatever it was we were doing before we had to earn a living.
Unless of course the "pirates" of capital, aka "The Grunch" cheat us of our rightful inheritance.
Critical Path is about the evolution of know-how from the beginning of humanity to the present. Fuller charts out where we came from, the accelerating advance of learning, the ephemeralization of tools and technology and where we go from here.
He also charts out where the "pirates" came from and how they maintain their grip on things. Indeed I was surprised at how candid Bucky's comments are in this regard. It's as if he somehow got inside the inner clique and is reporting its machinations to the rest of us. Read it and see!
Finally, this is a book of suspense. Bucky felt that the war between mind and muscle was coming to a head. He died in 1983 and seemed to predict that the battle between the pirates and humanity would come to pass in the 1990's. I not sure what he would make of things today, but I would recommend that in addition to reading Critical Path, check out the Buckminster Fuller institute's web site and get a copy of "GRUNCH of Giants" (Grunch is the "Great Universal Cash Heist").
Fuller said he was ahead of the times by about 50 years. This makes Critical Path mandatory reading from now until 2030 and beyond.
Do yourself a favor and become familiar with this friendly genius.
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Great Book! Everything Buckminster Fuller write has the potential to sparks your imagination towards what is possible. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam Dorfman
This book is one of the most comprehensive and forward thinking I have read. Although the book was published in 1982, the ideas put forth are even more applicable now. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rajesh Hegde
What can I say. If you have never read Bucky Fuller, DO NOT start with this one. That was my mistake. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003
Buckminster Fuller's book recalls a quote from Maeterlinck returning from a metaphorical scuba dive: "We believe to have discovered a buried trove of wonderous treasures, and... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2001 by Mark Craig
This has got to be the most disgusting, putrid excuse for a book ever. I never quit reading a book in the middle, but this one... After a few chapters I just couldn't go on. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by dimroed
In this book, Bucky Fuller shows, in great detail, how it is possible for all humans to live at a higher standard of living with no one and nothing left out. Read morePublished on May 28 2000
'Critical Path' is a life-changing book for those that read it. It should be a standard text for use in school for every child and as it stands, everyone who has never read this... Read morePublished on April 29 2000 by Chandy
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