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Any man, in the right circumstances, can be dehumanized by panic

Any man, in the right circumstances, can be dehumanized by panic Any man, in the right circumstances, can be dehumanized by panic
Source: Vadim Sadovski via Arstation (cropped)
2001: A Space Odyssey
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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(…) after that, like any clumsy criminal caught in a thickening web of deception, he had panicked.

And panic was something that Bowman understood better than he had any wish to, for he had known it twice during his life. The first rime was as a boy, when he had been caught in a line of surf and nearly drowned; the second was as a space-man under training, when a faulty gauge had convinced him that his oxygen would be exhausted before he could reach safety. On both occasions, he had almost lost control of all his higher logical processes; he had been within seconds of becoming a frenzied bundle of random impulses. Both times he had won through, but he knew well enough that any man, in the right circumstances, could be dehumanized by panic.

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