Gregory Bateson Quotes

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

Gregory Bateson

Multiple descriptions are better than one.

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

The meaning of your communication is the response you get.

Gregory Bateson

Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction. Double description is better than one.

Gregory Bateson

There are no monotone "values" in biology.

Gregory Bateson

Life and 'Mind' are systemic processes.

Gregory Bateson

The map is not the territory (coined by Alfred Korzybski), and the name is not the thing named.

Gregory Bateson

Number is different from quantity.

Gregory Bateson

Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.

Gregory Bateson

No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels.

Gregory Bateson

But the myth of power is, of course, a very powerful myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.

Gregory Bateson

Perhaps there is no such thing as unilateral power. After all, the man "in power" depends on receiving information all the time from outside. He responds to that information just as much as he "causes" things to happen...it is an interaction, and not a lineal situation.

Gregory Bateson

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