Frases de Richard Buckminster Fuller

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Richard Buckminster Fuller

Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Julio 1895
Fecha de muerte: 1. Julio 1983

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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller fue un diseñador, arquitecto, visionario e inventor estadounidense. También fue profesor en la Universidad del Sur de Illinois Carbondale y un prolífico escritor.

Durante su vida, Fuller buscó respuesta a la pregunta «¿Tiene la humanidad una posibilidad de sobrevivir final y exitosamente en el planeta Tierra y, sí es así, cómo?». Considerándose a sí mismo un individuo medio sin especiales medios económicos o título académico, eligió dedicar su vida a esta cuestión, intentando descubrir si un individuo podía mejorar la condición humana de una forma que no podían hacer los gobiernos, las grandes organizaciones o las empresas privadas.

En el transcurso de este experimento, que duró toda su vida, Fuller escribió veintiocho libros, acuñando y popularizando términos como sinergia, «nave espacial Tierra» y efemeralización. También realizó muchas invenciones, especialmente en los campos de la arquitectura, campo en el que su trabajo más conocido es la cúpula geodésica. Las moléculas de carbono conocidas como fulerenos tomaron su nombre de su parecido con las esferas geodésicas.

En una etapa posterior de su vida, tras trabajar en sus ideas durante muchos años, Fuller había obtenido una considerable visibilidad pública. Viajó por el mundo dando clases y recibió muchos doctorados honoris causa. Sin embargo, la mayoría de sus invenciones nunca se llegaron a fabricar por lo que recibió críticas en muchos campos en los que intervino, o simplemente se le tachó de utópico. Por otra parte, los partidarios de Fuller aseguran que su obra no ha recibido toda la atención que merece. De acuerdo con el filósofo N. J. Slabbert, Fuller tenía un estilo de escritura oscuro que ha obstaculizado la circulación de sus ideas.

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Frases Richard Buckminster Fuller

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„We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: 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. "The New York Magazine Environmental Teach-In" by Elizabeth Barlow in New York Magazine (30 March 1970), p. 30 http://books.google.com/books?id=cccDAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover#PPA30,M1

„I am convinced that human continuance depends entirely upon: the intuitive wisdom of each and every individual“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: I am convinced that human continuance depends entirely upon: the intuitive wisdom of each and every individual... the individual's integrity of speaking and acting only on the individual's own within-self-intuited and reasoned initiative... the individual's never joining action with others as motivated only by crowd-engendered-emotionalism, or a sense of the crowd's power to overwhelm, or in fear of holding to the course indicated by one's own intellectual convictions.

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„Humanity is moving ever deeper into a crisis which has no precedent.“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: Humanity is moving ever deeper into a crisis which has no precedent. It is a crisis brought about by evolution being intent on completely integrating differently colored, differently cultured, and intercommunicating humanity, and by evolution being intent on making integrated humanity able to live sustainedly at a higher standard of living for all than has ever been experienced by any. Probably ninety-nine percent of humanity does not know that we have the option to make it; we do. It can only be accomplished, however, through a Design Science Revolution. Those in supreme power, politically and economically, aren’t yet convinced that our Planet Earth has anywhere nearly enough life support for all humanity. They assume it has to be either you or me, that there is not enough for both. Those with financial advantage reason that selfishness is necessary and fortify themselves even further.

„Politics is absolutely hopeless. That’s why everything has gone wrong.“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: This is not a visible revolution and it is not political. You’re dealing with the invisible world of technology. Politics is absolutely hopeless. That’s why everything has gone wrong. You have ninety-nine percent of the people thinking “politics,” and hollering and yelling. And that won’t get you anywhere. Hollering and yelling won’t get you across the English Channel. It won’t reach from continent to continent; you need electronics for that, and you have to know what you’re doing. Evolution has been at work doing all these things so it is now possible. Nobody has consciously been doing it. The universe is a lot bigger than you and me. We didn’t invent it. If you take all the machinery in the world and dump it in the ocean, within months more than half of all humanity will die and within another six months they’d almost all be gone; if you took all the politicians in the world, put them in a rocket, and sent them to the moon, everyone would get along fine.

„Study your mistakes; admit them, study them, and be terribly excited about them too. If this isn’t true, what is true?“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: We’re not just dealing in willingness. Humanity has to qualify to survive. You have to have some confidence. We’re all born naked, with no external equipment and no experience. Therefore we’re terribly ignorant. We’re hungry and thirsy, driven to find food by trial and error. So we’re designed to live by trial and error. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Study your mistakes; admit them, study them, and be terribly excited about them too. If this isn’t true, what is true?

„I do not look upon human beings as good or bad.“

—  Buckminster Fuller
Context: I do not look upon human beings as good or bad. I don't think of my feet as a right foot and a wrong foot. … I am a student of the effectiveness of the technological evolution in its all unexpected alterations of the preoccupations of humanity and in its all unexpected alterings of human behaviors and prospects.

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