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Gregory Bateson Quotes and Sayings

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Logic can often be reversed, but the effect does not precede the cause.
- 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

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

Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
- Gregory Bateson

 

We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future.
- Gregory Bateson

All experience is subjective.
- Gregory Bateson

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

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

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

Science, like art, religion, commerce,
warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
- Gregory Bateson

Members of weakly religious families get,
of course, no religious training from any source outside the family.
- Gregory Bateson

It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted
fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist.
- Gregory Bateson

Money is always transitively valued.
More money is supposedly always better than less money.
- Gregory Bateson

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

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

It is of first-class importance that our answer to
the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how
we conduct our civilisation,
and this should in turn be in step with the actual
workings of living systems.
- 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, 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

In the transmission of human culture,
people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the
next generation the skills and values of the parents,
but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning,
not DNA.
- 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

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.
- Albert Einstein

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grace defies reason and logic.
- Bono

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be;
and if it were so, it would be;
but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.
- Lewis Carroll

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations.
There is more logic in humor than in anything else.
Because, you see, humor is truth.
- Victor Borge

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.
It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational
exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
- William Butler Yeats

Science is simply common sense at its best,
that is, rigidly accurate in observation,
and merciless to fallacy in logic.
- Thomas Huxley

A good designer must rely on experience,
on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness.
No magic will do.
- Niklaus Wirth

The logic of the heart is absurd.
- Julie de Lespinasse

It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the
values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different
set of values that is destructive of family life.
- Christopher Lasch

The logic of validation allows us to move between the
two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
- Paul Ricoeur

In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat,
but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the
first step in progress toward a victory.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist.
Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism,
I use architecture to reconcile the two.
- Tadao Ando

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal
logic of which man knows nothing.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

Our recent 5-year labour agreements,
in Canada as well as the United States,
are based upon experience, logic and principle rather than on pressure,
propaganda and force.
- Charles E. Wilson

Theology is the logic of the Devil.
- Jose Bergamin

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
- Marian Anderson

Vivid images are like a beautiful melody that speaks
to you on an emotional level.
It bypasses your logic centers and even your intellect
and goes to a different part of the brain.
- Steven Bochco

If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine,
you're not going to get very far.
You simply won't.
- Sidney Poitier

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics
ruled by Frankenstein logic.
- David Russell

You have to play the logic of a character.
- Emily Watson

Better to be without logic than without feeling.
- Charlotte Bronte

Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth.
- Jean de la Bruyere

There is no morality by instinct.
There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought;
without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.
- Stendhal

Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.
- Richard Chenevix Trench

Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to
look and see how it does it.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic,
and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
- Irwin Edman

He's suffering from Politicians' Logic.
Something must be done, this is something,
therefore we must do it.
- Antony Jay

I think Veblen had an interest in logic.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Here at Wisconsin we didn't get an undergraduate course
in mathematical logic until the '60s.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency
whatever to make men good reasoners.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience.
And then there is California.
- Edward Abbey

The want of logic annoys.
Too much logic bores.
Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone
constructs remains artificial and forced.
- Andre Gide

Logic!
Good gracious!
What rubbish!
- E. M. Forster

You reason color more than you reason drawing...
Color has a logic as severe as form.
- Pierre Bonnard

We especially need imagination in science.
It is not all mathematics, nor all logic,
but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
- Maria Montessori

Logic, sometimes has very little to do with political action.
- Alexander Mackenzie

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances,
until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of
logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.
- John C. Ransom

Religion is love; in no case is it logic.
- Beatrice Potter Webb

One of the best things to come out of the home computer
revolution could be the general and widespread understanding
of how severely limited logic really is.
- Frank Herbert


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