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An Introduction

November 12, 2013

I have decided to write something of a preliminary post, not yet to reach the bottom or make any final conclusions. What I hope is that I will be able to open some people’s minds to new states of information and help them understand the implications of highly effective technique on social design. In its most benign form, social design is the result of engineered construction (which accounts for the physical terrain in which we move and the tools we have to interact with our environment) as well as planned and enforced institutional behaviors and objectives (these define the roles and relationships in most aspects of our lives— eg. teacher/student dichotomy, boss/employee dichotomy, or actions of being a slaughterhouse employee, etc.)

The results of these planned designs makes up most of our conscious life, and much else is a further reaction to the circumstances which are immediately present. I am presenting this outlook to give a bit of an idea of the ways human life is socially constructed — in many ways we facilitate what subsequently becomes necessary.

The primary topic of this post is the way we receive information. The original mode of receiving information for a living organism was directly through its senses. In this way we can recognize our environment , fellow members of our species, predators, taste food, recognize changes in temperature, etc.

Abilities which set humans apart from other species is our ability to read and use reason to work out an understanding of things which are not immediately present. When a person reads any document, or even listens to another person for that matter, it is the case that a person, with their own perspective and their own access to sources and further information, will give a certain amount of, perhaps value laden information. This is unavoidable, because we cannot communicate with a complete map of all existing information (in the sense of an interactive encyclopedia, for example) and even if we could it would be futile because the sheer enormity and range of information would be maddening for any one person to conceive, let alone process within a lifetime.

But for this reason, the fact that all information we receive must by necessity be limited, we must effectively discern the importance which information holds to us.

What I am proposing is a process. It is akin to the ones we go through on a daily basis, unconsciously. Namely, experience. It is also akin to the learning process. It is so akin to these things that in some ways it is indistinguishable from them, only depending on how they are defined and where the limits are drawn. What I believe is the main issue which controls and potentially disrupts these processes is the issue of where focus is directed. Along with these aspects I am proposing a mode of communication, one which is open, personal, open to emotions as well as to reason. One which seeks to understand the factors of perspective and individuality. I am not proposing that anyone drop all their guards when communicating, but perhaps being open about it without intending to stir up antagonism.

I wish to now provide a few links for those who wish to further their learning process and develop a deeper understanding of social forces and techniques which influence our perceptions of the world and our experiences with the world as well.

A better understanding of ideology will help us understand our own values and points of view and how we have developed them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideology

In connection to ideology, it is important to understand its process in social integration:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialization

My ultimate hope is that through learning about the forces which influences our experiences, our understandings and our actions, we can ultimately transcend their limitations and control. I believe the best ways to begin this process are through learning and intercommunication among diverse people—developing relationships and connections with diverse people — finding similarities and points of agreement — creating an interconnected and not isolated world where people have the freedom to express themselves honestly and personally.

Another important factor in understanding our present access to information is understanding the media. There are aspects such as the way television and film can put us in a passive position where we merely receive the intended information.

I recommend seeking out a few documentaries about the media, here are a few examples:

https://archive.org/details/TheCenturyOfTheSelf

http://metanoia-films.org/psywar/

http://metanoia-films.org/human-resources/

Integral to understanding the way information is being manufactured is understanding who the figure Edward Bernays was. He is discussed in one of the documentaries above produced by the BBC. Looking up his wikipedia page is also helpful, as well as reading about the profession he created, “Public Relations”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_relations

Techniques for disseminating false information and clouding truth have been developed for decades within government establishments. For this reason it is important to know what these techniques are, how they are used and what effect they will have on our understanding of the circumstances in our lives.

Important to acknowledge is what is called a false flag operation, where an operation, generally in the form of an attack or sabotage, is carried out by one party to point the accusation upon the opposition, and subsequently discrediting them. You can read more about false flags here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag

It is also important to be aware of the implications of disinformation, which is the deliberate distribution of false information, which is meant to confuse or, if under the guise of the opposition, meant to discredit their integrity. There is more on wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation

Information warfare is real, you can read about it through more pages and wikipedia and there are plenty of books, even written through the military, explaining the subject. It is the subject of one of the documentaries posted above. Follow the link which ends with “psywar”. Here are some more wikipedia pages for those interested in reading on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_propaganda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_warfare

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_warfare

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_measures

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_Operations_%28United_States%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKULTRA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_activities_in_Nicaragua

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_and_Contras_cocaine_trafficking_in_the_US

A recent book has been published by a military professional about what he calls “mindwar”. Here is the About the Author blurb

“During his 28-year Army career, Michael Aquino was qualified in Psychological Operations, Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Defense Attaché, Foreign Area Officer, and both Strategic and Space Intelligence, resulting in his primary career designation as one of the Army’s extremely rare Politico-Military Affairs Officers. During the Vietnam War he served in Special Operations with both Army and Air Force PSYOP and Civil Operations & Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS). He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, the Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, the Armor School at Fort Knox, the Airborne School at Fort Benning, the Defense Intelligence College at Anacostia, the Command & General Staff College and the Army Space Institute at Fort Leavenworth, and the Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. After receiving the B.A., M.A., & Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, he taught International Relations, Political Philosophy, and American Foreign Policy as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also holds the M.P.A. in National Resource Management from the George Washington University. In 1975 he was initiated to the Priesthood of the ancient Egyptian god Set, and served as High Priest of his Temple until passing on that office in 1996, remaining thereafter active in the Priesthood. He thus brings to bear upon the mystery of human consciousness many decades of investigation and experience in the most obscure and exclusive esoteric arts and sciences. _MindWar_, his first openly-published book, thus harmoniously integrates the physical and the metaphysical into a coherent and complete whole, as this discipline not only implies but indeed requires.”

http://www.amazon.com/MindWar-Michael-A-Aquino-Ph-D/dp/1484926455

I would like to finish this post by clarifying that I do not believe that knowledge of this information is only important for an esoteric or pseudo-intellectual awareness or “cultural capital”. How we understand the world is immediately important to the way we act, the way we live and the way we create our world. I believe it is important that we have as much control of our learning, understanding and actions as we can.

I will conclude by stating that we live in a time of powerful corporate interests. These are the institutions which most shape our lives and our environments, and in many cases it is on these institutions which we rely for our knowledge and understanding of the world around us, as well as for the positions where we utilize the majority of our time and skill. It is my belief that by moving beyond rigid formalities and socially prescribed roles that we will ultimately find the most freedom to express ourselves, to act as we truly feel, and to use our skills, energy and resources to construct world in which we live and the lives we experience in that world, in other words, lives worth living.

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