On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com>wrote:
> >We send mixed messages when we encourage "constructing one's own reality" > in the sense of being willing to question age-old assumptions, and then > level a charge of "ego-mania" if anyone actually follows this advise too > avidly. > > I would say "question Authority", and "but accept it when its right" > (which certainly isn't always.) I know little about "construct one's own > reality", though I've heard the meme for sure, and certainly see people who > fit the description. I'm more interested in shared reality. >
What's entertaining is Fuller went up against something we're all very "right" about: namely rectilinearity itself. The words "normal" and "right" have this *mathematical* shared meaning, yet one might swear these were "moral" terms (regarding ones "rectitude"). Even "orthogonal" and "orthodox" go together. Bob calls these my "etymologies".
Just saying, of all the windmills to tilt at... to take aim at our very notion of "rightness".... he seems the very definition of "The Crooked Man" (a great title-in-waiting).
The defense is psychological: anyone who'd question the rightness of rightness has gotta have some serious mental problems. Now lets stop questioning the stability of the cube and get back to serious engineering.
> The charge of inflated ego for Bucky I think is accurate, but its just my > very limited perception on that matter. I don't have much patience for the > "everything you know (or been taught) is wrong!" school of marketing. >
Talking about the size of someone's ego is fun party conversation but should not be at the expense of deriving whatever value from the contribution, which should be assessed independently.
When it comes to judging the worth of sharing hitherto overlooked whole number volume ratios among polyhedrons, with sizing relationships established through sphere packing and some new uses of the tetrahedron, I'm not about to let someones "ego size" be my guiding criterion.
All this chatter about Bucky's ego size is what I call the "Bucky as Britney" syndrome, i.e. a wish to partake in the surrounding gossip -- a way of getting a vicarious piece of the action maybe?
As Britney puts it:
I'm Mrs. Oh my God that Britney's Shameless (You want a piece of me) I'm Mrs. Extra! Extra! this just in (You want a piece of me) I'm Mrs. she's too big now she's too thin
Lets compromise and agree Bucky had *some* right to *some* size of ego, what with the 47 honorary degrees, cover of Time, Medal of Freedom.... lots of admirers.**
Not everyone at the trailer park can boast such a c.v.
I mean c'mon, wouldn't you have a bit of a spring in your step? He could have gone a lot further towards creating a cult or organized religion than he did, with all those advantages.