Re: Another new offensive strategies

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Sep 15 2001 - 18:12:32 MDT

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> This is ludicrous. Extropians are believers in TRUTH. Yet every time we
> have any sort of threat to our ideals, many people on this list start
> inventing all sorts of subterfuge and lies. The archives are full of ideas
> on infiltrating groups, committing crimes and blaming them on someone else,
> issuing false statements attributed to someone else, starting false rumors,
> etc.

I think we need to distinguish between tactical disinformation and memetic
disinformation. There's a difference between deliberately leaking
misinformation about the location of your secret military installations to
a spy you discovered but didn't arrest, and airbrushing disgraced persons
out of historical photos.

Tactical disinformation is disinformation with military significance that
affects how the enemy's military goals are carried out, and not
disinformation with moral significance intended to affect the enemy's

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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