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"Information Warfare in its broadest sense is a struggle over the information and communications process, a struggle that began with the advent of human communication and conflict. Over the past few decades, the rapid rise in information and communication technologies and their increasing prevalence in our society has revolutionized the communications process and with it the significance and implications of information warfare. Information warfare is the application of destructive force on a large scale against information assets and systems, against the computers and networks that support the four critical infrastructures (the power grid, communications, financial, and transportation). However, protecting against computer intrusion even on a smaller scale is in the national security interests of the country and is important in the current discussion about information warfare." —Definition of "information warfare" from the report Information Warfare by Brian C Lewis.

This post begins with a quote about Information Warfare. A good introduction to this topic is at The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. However, my purpose is not to write about Information Warfare but utilize definitions by Manuel W. Wik from his paper, Revolution in Information Affairs: Tactical and Strategic Implications of Information Warfare and Information Operations (pdf version). While I have heard about the different types of knowing, Wik describes these in an interesting way and applies these types of knowing to Information Warfare. I'll briefly discuss IW and recommend writings by Orson Scott Card and Hakim Bey touching on this subject, and illustrate how the four types of knowing can be applied to the Zodiac Wheel.

@ Wik: Manuel W. Wik is currently Chief Engineer and Strategic Specialist on future Defence Science and Technology programs. He is also a Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences and the Secretary of its Technical Military Sciences Department more...

"The purposes of this paper are to cast some light on new rising threats and opportunities and to discuss tactical and strategic implications of information warfare and information operations. It is important to increase awareness within private, government and military sectors. A picture of what the future might look like is given. The aspects presented include: The meaning of information operations and information warfare; what is really new; essential drawbacks, driving forces in the development; impact on information infrastructure; and countermeasures. The importance and the necessity to establish a strategy, to introduce processes and to organise resources for national security are explained." —Revolution in Information Affairs, Engineer General Manuel W. Wik

Quotes from Revolution in Information Affairs

the knowledge arena

The traditional map we typically use is geographical. We must now supplement it with the logic map, the world map of ideas, and the human biographical map, which deals with how impressions and perceptions influence the human brain. We must enter the knowledge arena, the focal plane of the twenty-first century. The knowledge arena consists of the human consciousness, the subconscious, and the unconscious. The consciousness can be divided into what you know that you know and what you know that you don’t know. They represent the loud knowledge and the loud ignorance. Together they form the perfect foundation for the planners, the rule takers, those who want to define everything and stick to it. Mark Twain once said, “for those who only have a hammer as a tool, all problems look like nails”. Personally, I would name this approach “Titanic”, because in the end it will always fail. Sooner or later something unknown comes up; change is the only sure thing in life. “Those who do not expect the unexpected are not able to find it” (Herakleitos, Greek philosopher). The more a system is adapted to its purpose, the less it will be able to manage changes. If a competitor in peacetime or an adversary in wartime knows all our rules and we keep to them, we will be lost. It will be as if a chess player has the knowledge of everything the opponent thinks. What you have to do is to do the unexpected and take the opponent by surprise. That is also the essence of war gaming.

We must activate the subconscious, what you don’t know that you know. This is the silent knowledge. Nobody can see the holes where there is no pattern of action. It is hard to animate elusive patterns where many surprises spring up. In order to know how to build a system you must know how it shall be used; but not until you use it, will you know how it should have been built. You learn by mistakes. Not until you are faced with a new situation and you do something, will you find out that you are actually able to handle it.

silent knowledge

How well have we actually been able to predict war? General J. Enoch Powell once said: "The history is full of wars that everyone knew would not come." Look at all the negative imaginations of new inventions .... These examples of delusions and lack of imagination are going to multiply in the future.

In order to find out more about silent knowledge, you need to do mental stretching. Think about those words "mental stretching"; when did you last do so? You were probably jogging and did some body stretching, but when did you do the mental one? When you did, you were the rule breaker, the anarchist according to the vocabulary of the rule taker. This is an important kind of knowledge that you should try to experience more in the future. It is needed in the information and knowledge era and is especially useful in conflicts.

Stretching can be accomplished by turning the way of thinking in new directions.

The unexplainable that triggers our thoughts and requires mobilisation of our intellectual capability, which also combines fragmentary knowledge from different parts of our brain in order to form new knowledge, leads the way to mental stretching.

Creativity, fantasy, innovation, and flexibility are going to be the most wanted characteristics in the future. The new attitude is to mentally stretch so that one may predict changes and catch opportunities, rather than to react on events and solve problems. In an open architecture rigid constructions become historic buildings. Knowledge wins over strict hierarchical organisations. Organisations must be able to switch in a flexible way between hierarchy and flat networks depending on the tasks. Opaque properties fence in knowledge and counteract the precision of decisions. Hierarchy restrains creativity. Nor can hierarchies react with sufficient speed due to changes as the rate of change increases all the time. Pace wins over hierarchy. As human beings we will experience an increasing difficulty to manage this increasing pace, which will change much of our lives. Furthermore in conflicts and war, it will be a matter of life or death.

silent ignorance

Last, but not least, the knowledge arena consists of unconsciousness, what you don’t know that you don’t know. I would call it silent ignorance. This is a particularly interesting region. We are talking about areas where there is no pattern of action. It is like dropping your keys at night and only searching for them where there is light enabling you to see. Now, if you get in contact with people busy in areas not previously known to you, you will experience new things. This means that you will be able to make cross-cultural excursions into this type of silent ignorance and be able to capture new knowledge. Think about it! Information technology means increased opportunities to transform unconsciousness into consciousness. Thus we learn more.

So, what should you do? Should you be the rule taker or the rule breaker, the passenger on the Titanic or the anarchist? I guess none of them is good forever, and you will have to try to balance between the bright and the dark sides according to the situation and the wisdom that you have.

Some Observations

[1] "Revolution in Information Affairs" reminded me of the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Make sure to read Card's intro to the book. He observes that the book is on the U. S. Marine Corps and Air War College reading lists and has had an impact on simulation technology.

[2] Wik mentions the power of the brain, "historical shift in human development" and "mental stretching", see Paradigm Shifts in Ender's Game, by Justin Ng.

[3] Also check out Hakim Bey's The Information War and Black Crown & Black Rose: Anarcho-Monarchism & Anarcho-Mysticism, etc.

Zodiac Wheel

Loud Knowledge what you know that you know; Loud Ignorance what you know that you don't know; Silent Knowledge what you don't know that you know; Silent Ignorance what you don't know that you don't know. We can map this to the zodiac wheel: Ascendant (LI), Midheaven (LK), Descendant (SI) and Imum Coeli (SK). Additionally, the natal chart (based on the traditional wheel) will have a different elemental sign for the ASC, MH, DSC and IC that can also be mapped to the four parts of the soul, etc. What I've been meaning to post are steps to create a personal grid (or array) in Excel using the natal data (planets, fixed stars, asteroids, etc) and seeing how it syncs with the ShemhaMephoresh angels and the Goetic demons. Plus, seeing how this aligns with the Enochian system—specificially, the angels of the Tabula Bonorum and the Comselha Ritual. Some ideas on how this can be utilized: The Book of the Archer and The New Aeon: A Consideration of the Astrological Symbolism.

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