Thursday, March 17, 2005

the answer really is 42

In 1975 at the age of 80 Bucky Fuller gave a series of 12 lectures; 42 hours of sharing Everything I Know. Those lectures have been transcribed online and parts of them are available as video if you've got the bandwidth. His whole trip is so self-referential that you basically have to dive in to get it at all, but once you do it's all very logically consistent and elegant. I don't think I thought that the first time I read Synergetics, though... it might as well have been in another language (it essentially is).

I think that Bucky could see into the Matrix... he came up with some impressive ideas that sounded utterly kooky when first heard but turned out to be brilliant upon further analysis. All this from a man who decided that instead of physical suicide he would kill off his narrow-mindedness and try an experiment to see how much one person could affect the world if they were working for the good of everyone instead of simply trying to get themselves to the top of the trash heap - after all, even if you 'win' the rat race, you're still a rat.