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Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.
   —  Bertrand Russell
Sometimes I think we’re alone.  Sometimes I think we’re not.  In either case, the thought is staggering.
   —  Buckminster Fuller
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What I am trying to do is to discover why God included humans in the Universe.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
From: “Critical Path” (1981)
[I’m still trying to figure this out too.  In the meantime, good will to all mankind!!  Merry Christmas, everyone!  —  KMAB]
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Spaceship Earth was so extraordinarily well invented and designed that to our knowledge humans have been on board it for two million years not even knowing that they were on board a ship.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
From his book: “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” (1963)
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You speak of racism, for example, and I tell you that there’s no such thing as race.  The point is that racism is the product of tribalism and ignorance and both are falling victim to communications and world-around literacy.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
As quoted in “The View from the Year 2000” by Barry Farrell in LIFE magazine (26 February 1971)
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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.
  —  R. Buckminster Fuller
Quoted in: “The New York Magazine Environmental Teach-In” by Elizabeth Barlow
In New York Magazine (30 March 1970)
[From Bucky’s lips, to God’s ears… — KMAB]
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When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty.  I think only how to solve the problem.  But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
  -–  R. Buckminster Fuller
[A simple, elegant solution…  AKA:  “The Beautiful Hack“.  I don’t know how to define “it”.  But, I know “IT” when I see it.  —  KMAB]
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