I eat this stuff up:
Russian military theorist S.A. Komov …
… has written that RC [reflexive control] is a form of 220;intellectual” IW. He offered the following eleven types of intellectual IW for use against systems, people, alliances or forces in the field:
Distraction—during preparatory stages of combat operations, creating a real or imaginary threat against one of the most vital enemy places such as flanks and rear, forcing him to reevaluate his decisions to operate on this or that axis.
Overload—often manifested by sending the enemy a large amount of conflicting information.
Paralysis—creating the belief of a specific threat to a vital interest or weak spot.
Exhaustion—cause the enemy to carry out useless operations, thereby entering combat with expended resources.
Deception—during preparatory stages of combat operations, force the enemy to reallocate forces to a threatened spot.
Divisive techniques—cause the enemy to believe he must operate in opposition to coalition interests.
Pacification—through a peaceful attitude and approach cause the enemy to lose vigilance.
Deterrence—create the impression of superiority.
Provocation—force enemy action advantageous to your side.
Suggestion—offer information that affects the enemy legally, morally, ideologically or in other areas.
Pressure—offer information that encourages society to discredit its own government.
Precepts for magic and illusionism:
1. Exploitation of pattern recognition
2. Make the secret a lot more trouble than the trick seems that it’s worth
3. It’s hard to think critically when you’re emotionally engaged
4. Keep the trickery outside the frame of reference
5. To fool the mind combine at least two tricks at the same time
6. Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself
7. If given a choice you believe you’ve acted freely
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