Robert W. Fuller

Biography

Robert W. Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. After serving as president of Oberlin College, he became a “citizen diplomat,” working toward improving international relations during the Cold War. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews and promoted democracy via free and independent media.

When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR, Fuller reflected on his career and realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into “Nobodyland” led him to identify rankism—abuse of the power inherent in rank—and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. Three years later, he published a sequel that focuses on building a “dignitarian society” titled All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity. With co-author Pamela Gerloff, he has also published Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism. His most recent books are Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?, From Genome to Wenome: The Key to Universal Dignity, and The Rowan Tree: A Novel.

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Books

Belonging
By Robert W. Fuller
Price: Free! Words: 59,290. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Belonging traces Robert Fuller’s personal evolution and suggests that taking one’s questions seriously will lead to a life of meaning and purpose. Accompany Fuller as he meets with “somebodies” like Robert Oppenheimer, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, David Bowie, John Denver, and President Jimmy Carter, and share in the wisdom he finds in people whom the world writes off as “nobodies.”
Genomes, Menomes, Wenomes: Neuroscience and Human Dignity
By Robert W. Fuller
Price: Free! Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This is a new and revised edition of Robert W. Fuller's analysis of how our understanding of selfhood affects our sense of individuality, our interpersonal relationships, and our politics.
The Rowan Tree
By Robert W. Fuller
Price: Free! Words: 145,660. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
THE ROWAN TREE is an unflinching novel of ideas that reaches from the rebellious American '60s into humanity’s global future.
Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?
By Robert W. Fuller
Price: Free! Words: 27,150. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
(4.00 from 7 reviews)
"Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?" identifies and explores common ground between two of the great civilizing forces of human history and shows how they can work together to usher in a future of universal human dignity.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert W. Fuller

  • The Final Battle on April 05, 2013
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    In "The Final Battle" a very smart robot confronts a very accomplished human being about the inconsistencies and errors in the conventional religious and philosophical wisdom of our time. It won't spoil the story to know that the robot makes mincemeat of the human because the moral of Dr. Nagraj Rao's short but compelling book lies in the robot's reasoning. This incisive little book can serve as a starting point for conversations on the role of religion now and in the future.