„We do not know enough about how the present will lead into the future. We shall never be able to say, "Ha! My perception, my accounting for that series, will indeed cover its next and future components," or "Next time I meet with these phenomena, I shall be able to predict their total course.“

—  Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature, a necessary unity, 1988, p. 29
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