Marshall McLuhan & Buckminster Fuller’s First Meeting on an Intellectual Cruise Around the Greek Islands | McLuhan Galaxy

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Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan met for the first time  after boarding the New Hellas in Athens for an eight-day boat trip  around the Greek Islands. The two gurus of the electronic age had been  invited on the trip, along with thirty-two other  leading intellectuals from fourteen countries,  by Constantinos Doxiadis, a Greek architect  and urban planner. The idea was to have a  symposion,” a radical mixing of intellectual  activity and sensual pleasure as the boat traveled  from island to island. Each morning, the  group would have informal but intense discussions  onboard about “the evolution of human  settlements.” In the afternoon and evening,  they would leave the boat to go swimming, visit  famous historic sites, eat in restaurants, see performances, go dancing,  and shop. High-level theoretical discourse was well lubricated with  retsina and ouzo.

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