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Synergetics, Fuller and System Theory

What is the Synergic Mode of Thinking? by N. Arthur Coulter, MD

There is available to every human mind a state of advanced consciousness and well-being that is exciting, vigorous and incredibly beautiful. It is characterized by an expansion of awareness, by an enhancement of rationality and by a remarkable phenomenon called think-feel synergy. This state is called the synergic mode of function.

The word "synergy" means, literally, "working together." In medicine, it has long been used to denote the working together of two or more drugs, or of two or more muscles acting about a joint. Applied to the human mind, "synergy" denotes the working together of the enormous variety of functions that comprise the mind, producing a new whole that is greater than the mere sum of its parts.

from Future Positive

From Synergetics, an Adventure in Human Development , by N. Arthur Coulter, Jr. M.D.

"....ths concept of synergy has long ben used in medicine. An early pioneer in the application of the concept of synergy was the American sociologist Lester Ward. ..Ward used the term to denote the interaction of social forces that were in themselves destructive, but which through mutual checks and constraints had a constructive effect." [1]

"Another early pioneer of synergetics was Buckminster Fuller, whose concepts of anticipatory design for spaceship earth have inspired generations of students...."

"Another pioneer in synergetics was Ruth Benedict. In a series of unpublished lectures given at Bryn Mawr College in 1941, Benedict introduced the concepts of high synergy and low synergy. She defined these terms as follows: 'I spoke of societies with high social synergy where their institutions insure mutual advantage for their undertakings, and societies with low social synergy where the advantage of one individual becomes a victory over another, and the majority who are not victorious must shift as they can'."

Benedicts ideas were later rescued by Abraham Maslow, who preserved the only manuscript of her work. Maslow, one of the founders of humanistic psychology, did much to bring the concept of synergy to the attention the literate public....it is worth noting that sych concepts as 'self actualization" and 'peak experience' aptly characterize major facets of what we here call the synergistic mode." Human Synergetics.(The whole book is on the web).

Expect a Synchronicity

Jean Hoston wrote this after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001

I live in a double domed house that was the last design of my old friend Buckminster Fuller, completed just before he died. I asked my house what words it would give you and it responded with Bucky's own. They came out of a time of tremendous personal crisis in his life.

"So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me - each one of us is born of two, and we really belong to each other. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone else' opinion, credo's and theories. I vowed to apply my own inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth."

| Buckminster Fuller Institute .|

"R. Buckminster Fuller used geometric concepts to order and connect experiences and information into a single self-discipline. The result is a metaphysics as well as a physics. Synergetics... comprises Fuller's "explorations in the geometry of thinking" and is detailed in two thick volumes, Synergetics and Synergetics 2 (the contents of these volumes is now available via the web). Synergetics thoroughly permeates the rest of Fuller's writings as well. The invention for which Fuller is most famous, the geodesic dome, derives from his geometric explorations." | Synergetics home page |
"Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all, to feed everybody, clothe everybody, give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before—that we now have an option for all humanity to “make it” successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment." Buckminster Fuller, 1980 | Buckminster Fuller Institute .|

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| Making the World Work .|
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| Arcosanti |
"What does tensegrity have to do with the human body? The principles of tensegrity apply at essentially every detectable size scale in the body. At the macroscopic level, the 206 bones that constitute our skeleton are pulled up against the force of gravity and stabilized in a vertical form by the pull of tensile muscles, tendons and ligaments (similar to the cables in Snelson's sculptures). In other words, in the complex tensegrity structure inside every one of us, bones are the compression struts, and muscles, tendons and ligaments are the tension-bearing members. At the other end of the scale, proteins and other key molecules in the body also stabilize themselves through the principles of tensegrity. My own interest lies in between these two extremes, at the cellular level." | The Architecture of Life|
| Synergetics, The Book |

| Fuller Faq |

"The Journal of World-Systems Research is an electronic journal dedicated to scholarly research on the modern world-system and earlier, smaller intersocietal networks. It is intentionally interdisciplinary in focus." | Journal of World-Systems Research |

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