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The Problem of Secret Intelligence$
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Kjetil Anders Hatlebrekke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691838

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691838.001.0001

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The Problem of Secret Intelligence
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Kjetil Anders Hatlebrekke

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691838.003.0001

The iron curtain and cold war that used to divide Europe have been replaced by transnational threats, nonlinear war, digideceptionalisation, and state-sponsored digital subversion. The threats reach beyond and transcend the boundaries given by history, and thus challenge traditional methods of intelligence. The ultimate objective of modern intelligence is thus the cleverness and ability to divide truth from falsehood, the willingness to accept the inconceivable and the courage to share information beyond the boundaries of experience and tradition. Intelligence must therefore be built on intellectual courage, solid theory, commonly understood definitions and scientific doubt. However, this book argues that there exists neither a proper conceptual or descriptive theory of intelligence, nor any adequate definition than can shape a cohesive appreciation of what intelligence is. The lack of a rigorous understanding of intelligence has arguably increased the problem of induction and discourse failure. The book will thus explore and illustrate how the lack of a descriptive intelligence theory has increased the problem of induction and discourse failure, and how an appreciation of intelligence as art can diminish this problem.

Keywords:   Intelligence, Discourse Failure, Communication , Intelligence Tribal Language , Threats , Theory

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