Dr. Bateson argued that in the inherent and essential feedback or cybernetic relation between the organism and its surroundings there arises a conjoined existence. Each one participates in creating the interdependent existence they both must have to sustain one another and their common world.
Gregory Bateson, (1904-1980) --pictured above-- a linguistic and biological anthropologist, was long interested in how and to what extent the mind constructs reality, and how individual people's psychological make-up reconstruct events. We do this --recreate events according to a scheme-- as a normal function in our quest to rationally survive.
Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature, pp. 53-55.
This statement is one of a dozen Bateson developed concerning our perception reality and the natural world. He referred to these precepts as "certain basic presuppositions (underlying assumptions) which all minds must share." Stated another way, he argued that he would "define mind by listing a number of such basic" propositions. Bateson did so he argued to show readers that "some propositions are simply wrong."
After years of study, Bateson insisted that the mind was a product of evolution and natural selection. These were the very same processes that had led to life on earth in all its variety. In seeking to accurately describe the mental and the physical he proposed "basic presuppositions" that everyone "should know."
Bateson's "basic presuppositions" that every schooled person ought to comprehend fell into four categories. These categories were related clusters of the following sixteen rules organized into how we code for our impending experiences, distinguishing random from ordered events, the meaning of more versus less amounts, and the adequacy of language to represent reality.
His clusters of these sixteen aphorisms are based on A) code or coding related concepts [1-5], B) the differences between random and ordered experiences [6-8], C) the relation of amounts and sizes to meaning [9-12], and D) the failure of reason and language to clearly express the rich complexity of organic and inorganic existence [13-16].
Mind and Nature, pp. 28-71.
Bateson's, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, 1970.
CEPT is from the Latin verb capere, meaning taken, seized, kept or held; capture.
apprehend -- understand or perceive or arrest, catch, capture, seize; take prisoner, take into custody, detain; appreciate, recognize, discern, perceive, make out, take in, realize, grasp, understand, comprehend.
comprehend -- grasp mentally; understand, encompass grasp, take in, see, apprehend, follow, make sense of, fathom, get to the bottom of; unravel.
October 5, 2007.