”So the question ”how many fingers have you?” becomes a tricky sort of question if you push it back onto the question, ”in terms of growth determination, how many?” Is there a number, or is there only pattern in some way, only relations? . . . If you look at your hand and consider it not as number of bananas at the end of a sort of flexible stick, if you consider it as a nest of relations out there, you will find that the object looks much prettier than you thought it did . . .
Part of the discovery of the beauty of biological form is the discovery that in fact it is put together of relations and not put together of parts. Now this means that with a correction of our epistemology, you might find that the world was a great deal more beautiful than you thought it was. Or you might let in the fact of its being beautiful, in the way you were able to keep it out by thinking that the world was made of parts and wholes.” (Gregory Bateson puhuu epistemologiasta)
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