On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:14 AM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> > (I believe there is another, with more of his original writings, but I > cannot locate it just now). In any case, I understand that all (or most) > of Peirce's writings will be available online in due course. As that > website states: > > "Who is the most original and the most versatile intellect that the > Americas have so far produced? The answer 'Charles S. Peirce' is > uncontested, because any second would be so far behind as not to be worth > nominating. [He was] mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, > surveyor, cartographer, metrologist, spectroscopist, engineer, inventor; > psychologist, philologist, lexicographer, historian of science, > mathematical economist, lifelong student of medicine; book reviewer, > dramatist, actor, short story writer; phenomenologist, semiotician, > logician, rhetorician and metaphysician. > Max H. Fisch in Sebeok, The Play of Musement" > > WOW! >
Yeah wow! That's quite an accolade. And so reminiscent of the Bucky Fuller eulogies, other hagiographic retro- spectives. A Renaissance Man. Like Arthur Loeb (another contributor to the two-volume Synergetics tome). 
I'd say every so often a thinker strikes oil -- with some immediately thinking "snake oil" -- wherein the thoughts just come blasting out, often on myriad subjects, as if from that hole on the Earth BP made (all negative imagery, sorry).
Maybe negative imagery is appropriate because the default setting of the original sin switch is "curse", i.e. a mortal human imbued by the muses in this highly volatile way is prey to an infinity of aberrations such as are listed in the DSM. Some of these may be coped with, but the monsters of the deep (ala 'Cabin in the Woods', a Joss Whedon semi-parody) will take one out, knock one out of commission.
I'm just going to need to buckle down and read more CS Pierce, that's all there is to it. He's been on my radar for a long time. Thanks for the web links.
Back to Fear versus Longing (the spectrum), Fuller's view was Malthusian despair over "not enough to go around" might overtake the "doing more with less" trend, e.g. Moore's Law on the grander scale of getting closer to bare principles. As mastery / insight improves, unnecessary wastefulness is mitigated, provided optimization is not premature.
In his book 'Critical Path' Fuller talks extensively about the ongoing project to omnitriangulate the whole Earth, meaning get it saved in databases and cross-checked to where satellite photos might be accurately mosaiced and so on. He uses his peculiar synergetics-informed polymath language to discuss this, but between the lines, and in retrospect, you can see Google Earth in formation, and/or Microsoft's TerraServer etc. 
With our greater technological powers, Fuller felt it realistic to tip towards Longing over Fear as populations leveled and even dropped thanks to dropping infant mortality and women choosing motherhood less frequently when having more choices. Electrification of the whole Earth was associated with these latter trends, and he charted the spread of electrical grids, especially intercontinental and/or long distance inter-ties, what today we call HVDC (high voltage DC connections). Things are not "running out", we just need to be smart and humans have shown some smarts as a species. Fuller was not a misanthropist. The political action group GENI continues to promote global electrification and smart energy solutions. 
In some schools, such an effective job is done by the teachers to persuade junior that the world ahead is so bleak, so hopeless, that it's hardly worth lifting a finger to fight back. Were I the District Superintendent of Schools I'd want a measure of how "fatalistic" each school seemed to be, on a scale of one to ten. But of course nobody knows how to take such measures or assemble such numbers, which is probably why I won't have that title on my future resume.