5 Jun 2009

Bateson, Difference Double, in Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity

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Difference Double

Gregory Bateson

Mind and Nature:

A Necessary Unity


Multiple Versions of the World

1. The Case of Difference

it takes at least two somethings to create a difference. To produce news of difference, i.e., information, there must be two entities (real or imagined) such that the difference between them can be immanent in their mutual relationship and the whole affair must be such that news of their difference can be represented as a difference inside some information-processing entity, such as a brain or, perhaps, a computer. (78c)

Bateson, Gregory. Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity. London: Wildwood House, 1979.

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