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  •  Fact is that the information we can have (4+ / 0-)

    about an event that has already happened (experienced) is categorically different from information about the future (expectation).  The future is uncertain.  There is no way to change that.  So, whatever information may or may not be extracted about the future is unreliable.
    On the other hand, instinct-driven people, of which Rumsfeld is presumably one, are creatures of habit.  They do the same thing over and over again and this accounts for their assumption that the behavior of other people will be the same.  This is the basis of the assumption that, if they did it once, they'll do it again.
    Also, perhaps because they have poor memories and repeat things over and over so they won't forget, or don't need to remember, the instinct-driven are inclined to take the intent (especially when it's expressed) for the act.  So, threats are given more weight than acts. (There really is no other non-sinister explanation for having credited Saddam Hussein's boasts about weapons of mass destruction.  Ditto for the "we will bury you" threat from the Soviets. Why does the boy cry wolf? Because the alert may well scare off the wolf and, in any case, the villagers' response is reassuring to the frightened boy).
    Instinct-driven people are insecure.  Why?  It may just be a natural consequence of the fact that sensory input is interpreted wrongly by their brains.

    Rumsfeld famously identified the "known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns."  What he left out were the unknown knowns -- the things he didn't know he knew because he lacked a sense of himself. If he sees himself, it is as others see him. He is defined by his roles and his positions. He "plays" the part of public official and speaks "the speech, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue." Rumsfeld exists in Hamlet's world where everyone's a player.  So did Dubya and so does Willard--acting and reacting according to a script.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:40:33 AM PDT

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