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We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future.
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The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think

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Thirty years ago, we used to ask: Can a computer simulate all processes of logic? The answer was yes, but the question was surely wrong. We should have asked: Can logic simulate all sequences of cause and effect? And the answer would have been no.

— Gregory Bateson

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

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

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We can never be quite clear whether we are referring to the world as it is or to the world as we see it.

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Without context words and actions have no meaning at all

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Let's not pretend that mental phenomena can be mapped on to the characteristics of billiard balls.

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The meaning of your communication is the response you get.

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The creature that wins against its environment destroys itself.

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Wisdom is the intelligence of the system as a whole.

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What is true is that the idea of power corrupts. Power corrupts most rapidly those who believe in it, and it is they who will want it most. Obviously, our democratic system tends to give power to those who hunger for it and gives every opportunity to those who don't want power to avoid getting it. Not a very satisfactory arrangement if power corrupts those who believe in it and want it.

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Science sometimes improves hypotheses and sometimes disproves them. But proof would be another matter and perhaps never occurs except in the realms of totally abstract tautology. We can sometimes say that if such and such abstract suppositions or postulates are given, then such and such abstract suppositions or postulates are given, then such and such must follow absolutely. But the truth about what can be perceived or arrived at by induction from perception is something else again.

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Evolution has long been badly taught. In particular, students - and even professional biologists - acquire theories of evolution without any deep understanding of what problem these theories attempt to solve. They learn but little of the evolution of evolutionary theory.

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Information consists of differences that make a difference.

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Still more astonishing is that world of rigorous fantasy we call mathematics.

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If it were possible adequately to present the whole of a culture , stressing every aspect exactly as appears in the culture itself, no single detail would appear bizarre or strange or arbitrary to the reader, but rather the details would all appear natural and reasonable as they do to the natives who have lived all their lives within the culture.

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Prediction can never be absolutely valid and therefore science can never prove some generalization or even test a single descriptive statement and in that way arrive at final truth.

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Life and 'Mind' are systemic processes.

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The wise legislator will only rarely initiate a new rule of behaviour; more usually he will confine himself to affirming in law what has already become the custom of the people.

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Multiple descriptions are better than one.

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