„Rather, for all objects and experiences there is a quantity that has an optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived.“

—  Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity, 1979, p. 56
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Gregory Bateson
angloamerikanischer Ethnologe, Kybernetiker und Philosoph 1904 - 1980

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