Insights: Humour?

Odin’s Ravens and Intelligence

Driving back from a meeting today I was listening to BBC Radio 4’s Natural Histories program, this episode. The fascinating subject was ravens, including one actually talking. No kidding. But there was also a link to the world of intelligence. One aspect of the story was intriguing in particular and that is the role of two ravens in Norse history…

I can’t believe it’s not Buddha, either

In my last post I mentioned a Leo Tolstoy “quote”. As you will have worked out, it was completely fake. You may have also worked out that I’m a tiny bit obsessed with fakery and falsehood, or where laziness leads otherwise intelligent people to believe what they read on the internet without critical thought, as…

Intelligence Analysis, Tolstoy and Narratives

I’ve blogged before about the importance, and danger, of “narratives” in delivering intelligence analysis to consumers.  Human beings absorb narratives instinctively, and indeed I think there is a “narrative bias” – if we are told things that are part of a story, we are more inclined to believe it, and indeed if we are writing…

Deja Vu, UFO

Last week the Economist published this article noting a possible correlation from US UFO reporting data between the consumption of alcohol and the sightings of UFOs.  (That’s the humans that may have been drinking not the aliens, we suppose.) Now, avid readers of this blog may remember that back in March 2012, the one and only…

Fbi, Svbeev and Norwich

Interesting article here about social media acronyms, and the importance for analysts to understand them.   I love the little dig at the FBI  after they produced a dossier for intelligence analysts listing the meaning of social media acronyms – “most of us manage just fine with Google, but these people can’t resist a good dossier”.…

Not Even Intelligence Analysts Expected the Spanish Inquisition

This link is meant to make intelligence analysts feel a little better about their predictive skills. If there’s a profession renowned for failure to make accurate analysis of forthcoming events, then the profession of economist come top of the class as this article describes. As an aside, one of the authors discussed in the article…

Just a Worrying Thought

Half of all intelligence analysts are below average.  

What a Cult

I was doing a little idle research for another project on “religious cults” and came across this characterisation: 1. Leaders who are or attempt to be inspirational 2. Leaders who are authoritarian and demand their orders are carried out. 3. The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader 3. An atmosphere of detailed…

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