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Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity

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Utopia or Oblivion is a provocative blueprint for the future. This comprehensive volume is composed of essays derived from the lectures he gave all over the world during the 1960's. Fuller's thesis is that humanity - for the first time in its history - has the opportunity to create a world where the needs of 100% of humanity are met. This is Fuller in his prime, relaying h ...more
Published February 7th 1973 by Overlook Books (first published June 1st 1969)
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May 29, 2009 Amberae rated it it was amazing
Got me through hours on a hippie bus to the national rainbow family gathering. Many a hippie picked it up, but could not make sense of it. Kept me from going insane, and made me realize what a wonderful man Fuller was. It now rots in my boyfriends car, he says it's "too heady."
Jun 16, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing
You have to digest Fuller's writing style in bits of less than 10 pages... but wow was this guy aware of where science was going and what humans were adding to it all. One of my all time favorite books.
Jul 14, 2012 Jonnythrombosis rated it it was amazing
i am almost at the end of the epilogue & this book has been both inspiring in many respect but quite disturbing in so far as it raises a big question for me - i think bucky has it right about ephemeralization & the fact that with using less to do more we can support a massively larger population than most people are aware - i think he has refuted malthus & also darwin - however my thinking is that he is wrong about the great pirates extinction - it seems they have dug their heels wel ...more
May 06, 2008 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people that like to be hypnotized by covers
Recommended to Malbadeen by: It called out to me from the shelf
Check out this cover (seriously people, click on the cover to enlarge it and take in the beuty as the rainbowed man). 5 f***ing stars for that cover!!!
It's soooooo much better in real life, if your nice to me I'll grace you with a viewing.
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Aug 22, 2010 Online-University of-the-Left rated it really liked it
Full of terrific insights, especially his theory of wealth. But you'll have to get used to Bucky's weird style of long sentences with strings of adjectives of his own invention. It's worth it.
May 15, 2011 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays, addresses, and statements by Fuller in 1964-65, making the argument that a) we now know there are enough resources in the world to sustain all of humanity b) because since the development of naval and aerospace technology (for a few hundred years, but not generally recognized) we have begun doing more-with-less but c) we're currently only getting the secondary benefits of this ephemeralization because it is directly developed for weapon- and war-making so d) accomplishing ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
A man ahead of his time. This should be required reading in high school today.
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Nov 21, 2012 Hock Tjoa rated it liked it
Bucky has faith in humanity even though his approach is akin to that of the engineer: nationalities will fade into one humanity, scarcity--the cause of all wars--will end as "ephemeralization"--doing more with less--works its magic,, the "universe is the aggregate of all human experience, consciously apprehended and communicated--it includes metaphysics" and so forth. There is some repetition and this vision is tied to the information available ca 1970. One wishes he were right.
Nick Black
Ramble ramble ramble. There's a good reason this has fallen out of print.
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Apr 08, 2011 Arnold Hoogerwerf rated it really liked it
Some comprehensive thinking in there!
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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.

Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were la
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