Manipulation of Information

January 6, 1986

Q. Please comment on how manipulation of information is like manipulation of material objects.

A. The manipulation of information can be used in many ways, just as material substances. Information in a very valid sense is, emphasis is, a thing. In choosing what portion of information is presented, and in what packaging, reflects bias, and largely indicates the way in which it is desired that the information is perceived.

There is some factors [sic] of Essence engaged here, of course. Warriors tend to order information in diminishing levels of importance. Artisans make no such distinction unless trained to do so. Priests tend to opt for the abstract above the material, and so forth.

Let us suggest that an assessment of how you wish information to be perceived and assessed might reveal much to you, as well as reviewing the semantic weight of the words used to convey that information.