„The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think“

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antropologo, sociologo e psicologo britannico 1904 - 1980
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„Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works.“

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