Gregory Bateson Quotes


25 Gregory Bateson quotes:



"All experience is subjective."
"Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined, and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment of information that occurs when one description is combined with another."
"Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction."
"If we pursue this matter further, we shall be told that the stable object is unchanging under the impact or stress of some particular external or internal variable or, perhaps, that it resists the passage of time."
"Money is always transitively valued. More money is supposedly always better than less money."
"To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least two sets of interactions in time."
"It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist."
"We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future."
"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?"
"It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity."
"Logic is a poor model of cause and effect."
"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."
"Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains."
"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."
"Synaptic summation is the technical term used in neurophysiology for those instances in which some neuron C is fired only by a combination of neurons A and B."
"The processes of perception are inaccessible; only the products are conscious and, of course, it is the products that are necessary."
"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."
"It is, I claim, nonsense to say that it does not matter which individual man acted as the nucleus for the change. It is precisely this that makes history unpredictable into the future."
"Number is different from quantity."
"Of all these examples, the simplest but the most profound is the fact that it takes at least two somethings to create a difference."



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