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My Favorite Buckminster Fuller Quote on Education
« on: May 24, 2005, 03:34:13 pm »

We may conclude that human society’s deliberately cultivated specialization is unnatural and debilitating to both its group and individual welfaring and evolutionary development. We may well ask how it happened that the entire scheme of advanced education is devoted exclusively to ever narrower specialization.

We find that the historical beginnings of schools and tutoring were established, and economically supported by illiterate and vastly ambitious warlords who required a wide variety of highly.specialized brain slaves with which to logistically and ballistically o’erwhelm those who opposed their expansion of physical conquest. They also simultaneously DIVIDED and CONQUERED any and all “bright ones” who might otherwise rise within their realms to threaten their supremacy. The war lord vitiated their threat by making them all specialists and reserving to himself exclusively the right to think about and act comprehensively. The war lord made all those about him differentiators and reserved the function of integration to himself. - R. Buckminster Fuller before Congress, 1969.

The more things change...

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My Favorite Buckminster Fuller Quote on Education
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005, 04:34:44 pm »

Fuller is definitely "on the list" as far as me getting a hold of some of his stuff for the library here,  though I haven't quite managed it yet...

Here's one of my favorites,  printed out in letters big enough to pretty much fill a sheet of paper:

If money is your hope for independence,  you will never have it.

The only real security,  that a man can have,  is a reserve of Knowledge, Experience and Ability.

-- Henry Ford

Now if I could just figure out how to make that WORK...   :-)
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My Favorite Buckminster Fuller Quote on Education
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005, 04:49:22 pm »

It's not on education, but it's powerful:

Buckminster Fuller: "Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering."
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