Buckminster Fuller, Free Lunch, Dopamine Bias, and Nature’s Way

by Charles Lyell on July 7, 2011

Buckminster Fuller artfully explained how a chick starts out with just enough food to prepare it for a single do-or-die test. When the free lunch runs out the clock starts ticking and a natural dopamine bias sends the hungry chick frantically pecking for scraps. If the pecking is too weak to crack the shell the chick fails the test and dies in the dark. But, if the chick proves it is strong enough to break through and survive on its own, it passes into a bigger, brighter, grander new world.

What do you think?

Is the fact that our free lunch is running out a sign that we’re being tested for a bigger, brighter, grander new world?

Has the time come for the few who know better to challenge the many who don’t know, don’t want to know, or don’t care?

If the majority proves to be too weak to break out of our dopamine-induced deceptions, does the entire species deserve to die in the dark?

As long as there’s a sliver of a chance to break through to the other side, doesn’t it make sense to do everything we can to try to avert the stampede to self-annihilation?


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