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 Gregory Bateson - “We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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 - “Of all these examples, the simplest but the most profound is the fact that it takes at least two somethings to create a difference.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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 - “Money is always transitively valued. More money is supposedly always better than less money.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Members of weakly religious families get, of course, no religious training from any source outside the family.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “From the point of view of any agent who imposes a quantitative change, any change of pattern which may occur will be unpredictable or divergent.”
 Gregory Bateson - “All experience is subjective.”
 Mary Bateson - “Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.”
 Gregory Bateson - “It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Number is different from quantity.”
 Gregory Bateson - “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.”
 Gregory Bateson - “If a man achieves or suffers change in premises which are deeply embedded in his mind, he will surely find that the results of that change will ramify throughout his whole universe”
 Mary Bateson - “No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a really nice man who wishes she were not.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.”
 Gregory Bateson - “Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.”

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