Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 194) – Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine Bateson - American Writer and Cultural Anthropologist

Mary Catherine Bateson – American Writer and Cultural Anthropologist

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

— Mary Catherine Bateson‎

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5 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 194) – Mary Catherine Bateson

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  2. Anderson Jonas says:

    I think the quote is testimony to our enhanced sense of sight or vice versa. We humans look at an array and see a pattern whether one exists or not. It is our very nature to try and see what is up and what is down, what is the story telling us, and what else about one story is so much like another thing — a smile. There is further “metaphor” when the cornea projects an “upside down” image on the retina. The brain is left to “right-side up” the projected image at the speed of light for some final interpretative analysis. Mostly, I wanted to leave a comment for such a “comment worthy quote.” I hope it made some sense.


    • John Zimmer says:

      Thank you for the comment, Anderson. I appreciate your taking the time.



    • Conor Neill says:

      Nice perspective – visual is a very dominant sense in our way of sensing and understanding the world 😉


      • John Zimmer says:

        Fully agree, Conor. When a speaker can tap into the senses, it makes the message more memorable. Interestingly, it is the sense of smell that is most closely linked with memory. Not easy to reproduce smells in a presentation although one of my clients is in the business of producing fragrances for perfumes and other such products. Once there was a participant in one of my workshops who did a fabulous job of evoking memories in the rest of us by integrating little vials of scents into the presentation.



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