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Gregory Bateson

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But epistemology is always and inevitably personal. The point of the probe is always in the heart of the explorer: What is my answer to the question of the nature of knowing?

— Gregory Bateson

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Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.

— Gregory Bateson

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Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.

— Gregory Bateson

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Number is different from quantity.

— Gregory Bateson

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Rather, for all objects and experiences, there is a quantity that has optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived.

— Gregory Bateson

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A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that we already have given to the riddle in its various forms.

— Gregory Bateson

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All experience is subjective.

— Gregory Bateson


Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.

— Gregory Bateson

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It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity.

— Gregory Bateson

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Numbers are the product of counting. Quantities are the product of measurement. This means that numbers can conceivably be accurate because there is a discontinuity between each integer and the next.

— Gregory Bateson

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About Gregory Bateson

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Creatura and Pleroma. Bateson's encounter with Mead on the Sepik river (Chapter 16) and their life together in Bali (Chapter 17) is described in Mead's autobiography "Blackberry Winter – My Earlier Years" (Angus and Robertson. He died on Independence Day 1980 at the age of 76 in the guest house of the San Francisco Zen Center.

In the 1940s he helped extend systems theory/cybernetics to the social/behavioral sciences and spent the last decade of his life developing a "meta-science" of epistemology to bring together the various early forms of systems theory developing in various fields of science. Some of his most noted writings are to be found in his books Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972) and Mind and Nature (1979).

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