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Pierre Schaeffer

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We live in an age dominated by the problem of limits. We are witnessing the end of progress. We have reached the saturation point. Are we going beyond these limits? Are we going to take the risk? There is much work to do to maintain the planet.
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Interview (Television) with Michel Polac - August 1, 1987 ("The Summers of the Right to Reply")

 
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