Call me Trimtab: Buckminster Fuller

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October 11, 2012 by locu5amoenu5

See on Scoop.itDIY & “The Great Reskilling”

A slight change in the initial conditions will have a huge impact. This is like a trim tab on a ship.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_tab
“This use for his epitaph comes from statements he had made in life, including an interview with Barry Farrell in Playboy(February 1972):

 

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trimtab.
It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trimtab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.
So I said, call me Trimtab.”

 

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