Around The Universe with R. Buckminster Fuller: 2 hour program

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New Dimensions had the enormous privilege of sitting down with Bucky on many occasions. He had a way of answering an inquiry in detail. His mind was so encompassing, he never talked in the kind of sound-bytes we've become so accustomed to hearing on the media. He much preferred to put things in context by taking us on a whirlwind tour of history, as he connected the dots of unfolding humanity. In this conversation Bucky gives his extraordinarily insightful picture of where the human race is now and how to proceed from here. He describes "cosmic cost accounting," being a "comprehensivist" instead of a specialist, doing more with less, experiential knowing, and the ultimate challenge to the future of humanity. Bucky sums up a lifetime of deep thought and concern for the planet and humankind. This two-part conversation is the "summing up of the summing up." (hosted by Michael Toms)


R. Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983), affectionately called “Bucky”, was an engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth" and synergetics. He is best known for his invention of the geodesic dome. The carbon molecules buckminsterfullerenes, so named because they resemble geodesic domes, are also known by scientists as “buckyballs.”

He is the author of many books including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to do more with less
  • What were the major shifts in our cultural worldview during Bucky's lifetime
  • What is the story of selfishness and hoarding in Western civilization
  • How specialization has blinded us
  • How we may develop "livingry" instead of weaponry
  • Why the number one instinct of the power structure has always been divide to conquer
  • What is the difference between wealth and money
  • How the space program has changed our awareness of Earth
  • What you can do to contribute to the welfare of the planet
  • Why a triangle is the strongest structural shape
  • How private property evolved with corporations
  • How synergetic geometry makes it possible to understand nature's coordinating principles
  • How we can eliminate the use of fossil fuels 
Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 5/5/1981       Program Number: 1606