Sunday, November 22, 2009

R. Buckminster Fuller explains NeuroPersuasion

Memories from: Fuller’s Earth
A Day With Bucky And The Kids

By Richard Brenneman


Buckminster Fuller saw our current world order as derived from deception and maintained through an ongoing-systematized deception mechanism whose primary purpose was to disguise itself.

In 1980, when I was twelve-years-old, R. Buckminster Fuller asked me to call him Bucky... I was one-of-three kids who spent a total of three-days with Bucky, the Babe Ruth of organic chemistry. Our three-days with Bucky was largely his explaining his perception of reality to us, me and two other kids for Richard Brenneman’s book, Fuller’s Earth: A Day With Bucky And The Kids =>

R. Buckminster Fuller found us deeply programmed and conditioned by society... Bucky wanted to pursue the origins of our cosmographic specializations into deep history, hoping thereby to correct or eliminate our “normal” presuppositions. Bucky asked if we could imagine that our misconceptions were intentionally perpetuated as a form of control over the masses propagated by an elite class of stoics, unconsciously-competent and exacting at maintaining their hegemonic advantages.

R. Buckminster Fuller, Dr. Bob Dobbs, Robert Anton Wilson and Howard W. Campbell all agree it is dangerously naïve to “think” that certain misconceptions have not been intentionally held in place by local governments. You know this because anybody who has worked with committees or any group of groups knows that holding anything in-place by local governments, what may appear as decentralized governing, requires a networked. The diligent historian asks what powers might have the means and desire to hold in place inter-connecting-economically-symmetrical local governments.

Bucky reveals a secret alliance among pirates, a secret history with no biographer, where most of the cast lies long-buried on the bottom of the sea... Imagine a power-network larger than kingdoms if you can and you may see the fingerprints of the gods in our tale of The Great Pirates.

The Great Pirates, the traders and sea dwellers who needed men organized on land to expedite their trading, created monarchies.

Was R. Buckminster Fuller a paranoid schizophrenic or a realistic historian?

Pirates were inherently outlaws. Pirates lived outside the system. The only laws that could, and did, rule them were natural laws. Pirates battled with one another to see who was going to control the vast sea routes and, eventually, the world. Their battles took place out of sight of land dwellers and the keepers of written history. The losers generally went to the bottom of the sea. Those who stayed on top of the waters, and prospered, did so because of their comprehensive abilities. They were the antithesis of specialists.

Pirates were applied scientists. The wider and more long-distanced their anticipatory strategy, the more successful they usually were. Experience proved that multiple ships could outmaneuver one ship. So pirates created navies.

Bucky pointed out that historians maintain that countries created navies—only countries had the infrastructure to build and sustain navies. But, that’s what our history tells us. But, history is simply a story agreed upon and it is common knowledge that history is written by the victors. Bucky claims that pirates created the modern-day historians.

Bucky maintained that pirates created countries. Western civilization didn’t just spring up simultaneously along different coasts. Trade prompted the development of countries. People were trading via shipping routes. Businessmen. Pirates. Pirates created foci of power. To consistently sustain a navy, pirates had to control mines, forests, and lands to build the ships and establish the industries essential to building, supplying, and maintaining their navy. The pirates went to the various lands where they either acquired or sold goods, and picked the strongest man there to be the pirate’s local headman. The chosen man became the pirate’s general manager of the local realm.

If the chosen man in a given land had not already done so, the pirate told him to proclaim himself king. But this king was a stooge to commerce. His sole job was to maintain order on behalf of the pirates. Order was most easily maintained by having the local king proclaim that he was the headman of all men, the god-ordained ruler on earth. The locals weren’t traveling, so they saw no disparity. The pirates gave their stooge-kings secret lines of supplies that provided everything they needed to enforce their sovereign claim. The more massively bejeweled the king’s gold crown, and the more visible his court and castle, the less visible was his pirate master. Masters had to sleep occasionally, and therefore found it necessary to surround themselves with super-loyal, muscular, but dumb-as-shit, illiterates, who couldn’t see, nor savvy, their masters’ strategies. There was great safety in the stupidity of these henchmen. The great pirates realized that the only people who could possibly contrive to displace them were the truly bright people.

Secrecy was the pirate’s strongest defense. If the other powerful pirates didn’t know where you were going, when you’d gone, or when you were coming back, they wouldn’t know how to waylay you. If anyone knew when you were coming home, small-timers could come out in small boats and waylay you in the dark and take you over, just before you got home tiredly after a two-year treasure-harvesting voyage. Hijacking and second-rate piracy became a popular activity around the world’s shores and harbors. So, secrecy became the essence of the lives of the successful pirates. That’s why so little is known of these pirates.

These great pirates said to all their kings, statesmen who were functionally only lieutenants, “Any time bright young people show up, I’d like to know about it, because we need bright men.” So, each time the pirate came into port, the local king would mention that he had some bright, young men whose capabilities and thinking shone out in the community. The great pirates would say to the king, “All right, you summon them and deal with them as follows: As each young man is brought forward you say to him, ‘Young man, you are very bright. I’m going to assign you to a great history tutor, and, in due course, if you study well and learn enough, I’m going to make you my Royal Historian, but you’ve got to pass many examinations given to you by me and your teacher.’” And when the next bright boy was brought before him, the king was to say, “I’m going to make you my Royal Treasurer,” and so forth. Then the pirate said to the king, “You will finally say to all of them: ‘But each of you must mind your own business or off go your heads. I’m the only one who minds everybody’s business.’”

"The Academy" began as royal tutorial schools. And, it’s the way specialization began. It is our current form of education. Academic education equals specialization.

Exclusively, the great pirates retain comprehensive knowledge. Exclusively the great pirates, known today as businessmen, enjoy knowledge of the world through its resources. Conversely, philosophers are regularly the first political prisoners, because they are minding the business of the businessmen.

Bucky emphasized that this is not a metaphor or some kind of syllogism and that he was not being facetious. He held the pirate story as a more accurate history than found in traditional textbooks.

This was the beginning of schools and colleges, and the beginning of intellectual specialization. The development of the bright ones into specialists gave the king very great brain power, and made him and his kingdom the most powerful in the land and, therefore, secretly and greatly advantaged his patron pirate in world competition with the other great pirates. The power rested not with the power figureheads, the kings, but with the men behind the kings, the great pirates. Just as today, a corporate president may be the king, but the power is in the hands of the board of directors—the ones never charged with corporate crimes.

When I speak of Great Pirates, I am often misunderstood as speaking about 15th-18th Century profiteers. I am referring to much older times. We have records of pirates like William Dampier because he wrote about himself and royal historians were hungry for the relevant knowledge to their specialization that he detailed. However, if you read Dampier’s tale, you will read about figure-head monarchies held in place by the businessmen of their time. The figure-head king holds rituals to distract the masses so the businessmen can do as they please.
Today’s America is no different.

Bucky saw our current world order as derived from deception and maintained through deception. Bucky’s key criticism of this deception is a perpetuated fallacy of scarcity. Scarcity is required to maintain the tension required for competition. It is intrinsic to the divide and conquer master strategy. However, most people are blind to the connection between competition and the divide and conquer strategy.

Scarcity is important to maintaining control. When people are hungry, they will take fewer chances and stay in line. How many business book reference the power of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? How many of these same books include Maslow's work that the triangle wasn't a triangle, that being "self-actualized" is actually narcissistic? Not many. Why? Because scarcity is intrinsic to the divide-and-conquer mindset.

Scarcity means that bright minds are willing to give more of their energy to study as they are told. Bright minds are told what is a suitable undertaking—Worthy endeavors are evaluated based on their monetary flow. If an initiative can’t get funding, it must not be worthy.

Grants regularly come from corporations or are given my institutes whose board of directors are executives at corporations. The lowered cost of printing in the late 17th Century created a space for quality writing to become accessible. Prior to then, printed word was generally reserved for the works of people in high offices. By the 18th Century, fiction was flourishing and books about nature and discovery were the rage. Oroonoko became the first book in English to discuss the slave’s perspective. Travel books were consistently the best sellers. This could not be tolerated for too long. When economies stumbled, focus returned to making money, making good impressions and rising in social rank. Books returned to be written by the already notable. Vocabulary books replaced travel books as best sellers.

Today, we live in an attention economy. You see media from your circle of influence on out. Very little is seen from down under.

Can you draw 1 Circle?

Traditional school teaches you to draw 1 circle. It's not they lied to you, it's just that they tested you as if their answer were THE 1-RIGHT WAY to answer. Bucky states that it is impossible to draw one circle. Beware: what I’m about to explain is going to alter the way you see the world forever.

The geometry you were taught in school is simply 1 reality.

Can we all agree that outside of human minds there is no such thing as a 2-dimensional plane? This is a key point R. Buckminster Fuller reminded us was crippling the minds of the “educated” world. Two-dimensional surfaces do not exist in Nature. They just don’t. In order to exist in Nature an object must exist in space and time. The circle above is not two-dimensional. The circle is on a piece of paper or on a computer screen—BUT it is on something geometry would call three-dimensional. I’m going to ask you to use your imagination to imagine what I’m talking about.

This may seem like an insignificant point, perhaps called splitting hairs—most blow-off the substantive and far reaching implications of such a simple notion of two-dimensional objects not existing outside of a geometry class of education. And, Bucky held that exerting energy thinking about and believing in non-existent things was a leading contributor to day-to-day anxiety.

Buckminster Fuller used to draw a circle on a chalkboard and ask how many circles were there. When people said 1, he would say 2 and that he could prove it. He would then explain how the chalkboard was a solid, so, topographically, it was like a sphere. He then pulled a white ball out of his bag and drew a black circle on this white sphere. Bucky said that any circle was actually two circles because the circle was the division between a microcosm and a macrocosm. Bucky then would fill in the circle and begin to enlarge it. He would stop when the circle reached the equator and covered half the sphere.

Then, Bucky would continue and stop when the white ball was almost entirely covered, but there was a small white circle left. He would draw an 8 and ask: "Is an eight-ball a small white circle on a black ball or a white ball with a black circle so large it almost covers the entire ball?"

You can’t draw one circle. The nature of circle is a division of two, an inside from an outside. Learning circle the way that we are taught in school blinds us to examining what a circle excludes. Bucky said that the way we learn circle desensitives our minds from feeling Other human beings, outside our circle of friends, allies and ganfalloons.

Whether you are pitching 1-Circle or 2-Circles, can we agree either answer has a far-reaching implication on our neuroprocessing? This is NEUROPERSUASION @jonathansalem.


Anonymous said...

I can easily accept that education has limited our abilities.

With that assumption, I wonder if those with these limits can get through the blocks they have around words like "pirate"

I would suspect that many won't get down to the circle explanation (or this comment).

Jonathan Salem Baskin said...

Great post, and Bucky's pirate version of history seems spot on. He described much of this in "Critical Path," which was a gamechanger read for me in college.

Re circles, I love his analysis of pi and that Nature couldn't endlessly compute dimensions of bubbles every time the surf washed upon the shore. Our models of thought directly affect our observations and conclusions.

I've probably absorbed some of his thinking re force vectors and the movement inherent in the geometry of Universe, and applied it to my thinking about brands, oddly enough. The static language of marketing -- positioning, barriers to entry, messages, vision -- seems so limiting and imprecise vs. seeing brands as constantly in motion, whether moving between users or traveling through spacetime.

May the tetrahedron be with you!