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Gregory Bateson

English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist

1904   -   1980

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Charterhouse School, St John's College
occupation: anthropologist, philosopher, sociologist, linguist, biologist, film director, psychologist, semiotician
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, California Hall of Fame, AAAS Fellow
influenced by: Margaret Mead

Gregory Bateson (9 May 1904 – 4 July 1980) was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician, and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. His writings include Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972) and Mind and Nature (1979). In Palo Alto, California, Bateson and colleagues developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. Bateson's interest in systems theory forms a thread running through his work. He was one of the original members of the core group of the Macy conferences in Cybernetics (1941–1960), and the later set on Group Processes (1954–1960), where he represented the social and behavioral sciences. He was interested in the relationship of these fields to epistemology. His association with the editor and author Stewart Brand helped widen his influence.
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