Gregory Bateson (9 May 1904 – 4 July 1980) was a British anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. 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). Angels Fear (published posthumously in 1987) was co-authored by his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson.
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Favorite Gregory Bateson Quotes & Ideas
The map is not the territory (coined by Alfred Korzybski), and the name is not the thing named.
Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.
Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction. Double description is better than one.
Information is the difference which makes a difference.
The source of the new is the random.
All experience is subjective.
Number is different from quantity.
We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future.
It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern by invoking a single quantity.
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.
I can't tell you the number of times I've attempted to read Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Unfortunately, soon after I start reading, my brain feels like it's about to explode--Bateson's ideas are just too subtle, complex, or incomprehensible for my small mind to absorb. However, central to my life is Bateson's belief that the map was not the terrain, all experience is subjective, and that source of creativity is the random combining of known ideas.
|Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology |
by Gregory Bateson