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R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

Richard Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller was born in Milton, Massachusetts; he worked many basic labor jobs, served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, and then his house-building company failed in 1927. Severely depressed and contemplating suicide, he had an epiphany near Lake Michigan and took on living his life as an experiment, intending to change the world and benefit all humanity. The Dymaxion automobile followed in 1933 and the Dymaxion house in 1946. He received a patent for improvements to geodesic domes in 1954. He wrote more than 30 books and gave lectures around the world, famously wearing three watches in order to keep track of time zones.      

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“The individual can take initiatives without anybody's permission.”  {Issue #1}
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“Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics.”  {Issue #29}
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“I just invent. Then I wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.”  {Issue #37}
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“None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's individuals
become thoroughly self-educated.”  {Issue #43 & blog 10/2007}
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“For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the 'more with less' technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option of becoming enduringly successful.” (1980)  {Issue #45}
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“Reason is necessary for survival, and anti-Reason has led Mankind to the brink of extinction.”  {Issue #45}
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“Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case,
the thought is staggering.”  {Issue #55}
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“Man must learn to think for himself, rather than follow blindly what he has been taught.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem.
But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”  {blog 4/2011}
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“Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.”  {blog 11/2013}
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“The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction manual didn't come with it.”  {blog 8/2014}
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“Only the impossible happens. The Universe is impossible. You and I are impossible. And there it is.”  {blog 8/2014}
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“Whether humanity makes it or not depends on the way [that] we behave today.”  {blog 8/2014}
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“You can't better the world by simply talking to it. Philosophy to be effective must be mechanically applied.”  {blog 3/2016}
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“You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To change things you must build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.”  {blog 4/2017}

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