Fuller believed that,

"A problem adequately stated is a problem fundamentally ripe and potential of solution."

In order to think comprehensively about design, he required answers to all 40 of these questions:

  1. What do we mean by universe?
  2. Has man a function in universe?
  3. What is thinking?
  4. What are experiences?
  5. What are experiments?
  6. What is subjective?
  7. What is objective?
  8. What is apprehension?
  9. What is comprehension?
  10. What is positive? Why?
  11. What is negative? Why?
  12. What is physical?
  13. What is metaphysical?
  14. What is synergy?
  15. What is energy?
  16. What is brain?
  17. What is intellect?
  18. What is science?
  19. What is a system?
  20. What is consciousness?
  21. What is subconsciousness?
  22. What is teleology?
  23. What is automation?
  24. What is a tool?
  25. What is industry?
  26. What is animate?
  27. What is inanimate?
  28. What are metabolics?
  29. What is wealth?
  30. What is intuition?
  31. What are aesthetics?
  32. What is harmonic?
  33. What is prosaic?
  34. What are the senses?
  35. What are mathematics?
  36. What is structure?
  37. What is differentiation?
  38. What is integration?
  39. What is integrity?
  40. What is truth?

The results of these questions are developed into Fuller's Dominant Concepts.



Paul Taylor 2001