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Strange Loops and Disinformation: Readings from Robert Anton Wilson

Posted Jun 10, 2008 8 comments

Robert Anton Wilson -- Skilluminati Research

The Shroedinger's Cat Trilogy, pg. 380

"Knight knew what most people only vaguely suspected -- that Intelligence Agencies engage in both the collection of valid signals (information) and the promiscuous dissemination of fake signals (disinformation). They collected the information so that they could form a fairly accurate picture of what was really going on; they spread the disinformation so that all their competitors would form grossly inaccurate pictures. They did this because they knew that whoever could find out what the hell was really going on possessed an advantage over those who were misinformed, confused and disoriented.

This game had been invented by Joseph Fouche, who was the chief of the secret police under Napoleon. British Intelligence very quickly copied all of Fouche's tactics, and surpassed the time of the First World War, Intelligence Agencies everywhere had created so much disinformation and confusion that no two historians ever were able to agree on why the war happened, and who double-crossed whom...

By the time of the Second World War, the "Double-Cross System" had been invented -- by British Intelligence, of course. This was the products of such minds as Alan Turing, a brilliant homosexual mathematician who (when not working in espionage) specialized in creating logical paradoxes other mathematicians couldn't solve, and Ian Fleming, whose fantasy life was equally rich (as indicated by his later James Bond books), and Dennis Wheatley, a man of exceptionally high intelligence who happened to believe that an international conspiracy of Satanists was behind every conspiracy he didn't invent himself. By the time Turing, Fleming, Wheatley and kindred British intellects had perfected the Double-Cross System, the science of lying was almost as precise as Euclidian geometry, and nearly as lovely to the detached observer.

What the Double-Cross experts had invented was the practical political applications of the Strange Loop. In logic or cybernetics, a Strange Loop is a set of propositions that, while valid at each point, is so constructed that it leads to an unresolvable paradox. The Double-Cross people drove the Germans bonkers by inventing disinformation systems that, if believed, were deceptive, but if doubted led to a second disinformation system. They enjoyed this work so much that, at times, they invented Triple Loops...

These Strange Loops functioned especially well because the Double-Cross experts had early on fed the Germans the primordial Strange Loop. "Most of your agents are working for us and feeding your Strange Loops."

Many German agents, it later turned out, had managed to collect quite a bit of accurate information about the Normandy invasion, but many others turned in equally plausible information about a fictitious Norwegian invasion; and all of them were under suspicion, anyway. German Intelligence might as well have made its decisions by tossing a coin in the air."

--Robert Anton Wilson

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  • 1. Thirtyseven on Jun 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM permalink

    The Shroedinger’s Cat series might be my vote for Wilson’s best, upon re-reading.  I might as well flip a coin between that, and “Ishtar Rising,” which is still 100 years ahead of it’s time. 

    Objectively, this is just a narrative, of couse. It’s not like Turing and Fleming actually invented anything—this was Political Science 101 in China for thousands of years.

  • 2. harflimon on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:19 PM permalink

    That’s rather funny, I just finished reading that book and I also quoted that passage somewhere on the internets recently (maybe it was IRC, I forget).

    It’s a perfect summary of what ‘information’ is these days. The majority of it is out there just to confuse.

  • 3. dukewhitey on Jun 10, 2008 at 6:43 PM permalink

    Funny, I have been on a Robert Anton Wilson Tip all week.  His encyclopedia of conspiracies was the first thing that ever really introduced me to weirdo land.  It happened in high school.  Been there since.

    Oh and Maybe Logic is one of the best interview documentaries ever.

  • 4. Mr. Nowhere on Jun 11, 2008 at 6:47 AM permalink

    Love the timeliness of it, just finished reading Prometheus Rising and re-reading Cosmic Trigger I.

    Isn’t it all just narratives in the end? Aren’t we always telling each other and ourselves stories to make sense of some things and to obscure other things?

  • 5. Sydney Familiar on Jun 11, 2008 at 6:50 AM permalink

    interesting selection. Disinfo is quite a skill when wielded properly, but is there, honestly, a method for evaluating multiple claims and their validity? That would be the technique that would very valuable to info consumers when sorting through the mess of signals we are bombarded with. I hope its more than ‘tossing a coin in the air’. Maybe 3 IChing coins are better than a single quarter…

  • 6. Tim Stevens on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:39 AM permalink

    Justin, you’ve been tagged.

  • 7. Thirtyseven on Oct 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM permalink

    Essential history: 1920’s era Russian disinformation operations of the highest order—“The Trust”

  • 8. Cheryl 23 on Jan 02, 2013 at 2:38 AM permalink

    RIP Pope Bob! Love the parapolitical perspective here, no surprise to see RAW show up in the archives.

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