American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Bateson, William 1861-1926. British biologist who was one of the founders of the science of genetics. He experimentally proved Gregor Mendel's theories on heredity and published the first English translation of Mendel's work in 1900.
“So, in this example, which is an example of what's called Bateson's Rule, he has two kinds of mutations of a human thumb.”
“I can see how its pathos might appeal to those whose health was spoiled and whose physique was stunted by poverty and misery; but it puzzles me to find a magnificent giant such as Bateson, a man too strong to have nerves and too healthy to have delusions, as thoroughly imbued with its traditions as any one.”
“Inspired by the designers who first articulated these ideas for me, visionaries such as Bateson, Glaser, Paul Rand, Herbert Baer, April Greiman and more recently advanced by Clement Mok, here is my humble attempt at rethinking what we are.”
“One of my mentors was the distinguished Cambridge-educated anthropologist Gregory Bateson.”
“JB I quickly realised, but did not articulate, something the anthropologist Gregory Bateson told me 10 years later: that of all our human inventions, economic man was by far the dullest.”
“It's a time when we have an opportunity to live in our wisdom, Bateson says, rather than being overburdened with caretaking of family and earning a living.”
“In an interview with Barbara Meltzer, Los Angeles County Commissioner for Older Adults, in Aging Today, a publication of the American Society on Aging, Bateson asks us to "reflect on what has really mattered to us... to look for sources of beauty, for truth, for goodness and for shared community.”
“How can we make certain that we "serve as trustees, as advocates for the future" Bateson's words, rather than suckers of energy from future generations?”
“Or is it that we leave our children and grandchildren a "sustainable, peaceful, and just world," as Mary Catherine Bateson, author and cultural anthropologist, asked at the 5th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging in December 2011?”
“If we are not actively learning and reflecting on what we're learning, we cannot be wise," says Bateson.”
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