Critical Path

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 1982 - History - 471 pages
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R. Buckminster Fuller is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century, renowned for his achievements as an inventor, designer, architect, philosopher, mathematician, and dogged individualist. Perhaps best remembered for the Geodesic Dome and the term "Spaceship Earth," his work and his writings have had a profound impact on modern life and thought.

Critical Path is Fuller's master work--the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern--as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. Critical Path details how humanity found itself in its current situation--at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises.

The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.


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This book provides a refreshing angle on many of the "status quo" explanations of History and also provided (provides) real world predictions for all humans from a viewpoint in the 1980's. that are testable, and in some cases have already come to pass. It is also a book that can be digested in morsels, pick a chapter and chew thoroughly.
Buckminster Fuller's contribution to everything human has been slighted by the culture. Whether this is due to discomfort with his frank and pragmatic analysis or the lack of dissemination is not clear.

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Simple: irreversibly changes your perspective.

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Speculative Prehistory of Humanity
Humans in Universe
Legally Piggily
SelfDisciplines of Fuller
The Geoscope
World Game
Critical Path Part One
Critical Path Part Two
Critical Path Part Three
Critical Path Part Four
Chronology of Scientific Discoveries and Artifacts
Chronological Inventory of Prominent Scientific Technological Economic and Political World Events 1895 to Date

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Page xii - 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 hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Page x - If all the good people were clever, And all clever people were good, The world would be nicer than ever We thought that it possibly could. But somehow 'tis seldom or never The two hit it off as they should; The good are so harsh to the clever, The clever so rude to the good!

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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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