Thursday, 11 December 2014
Earlier today, Sean M Brooks added the above paragraph to his article, "An Unexpected Contradiction" (see here). This is a perfect resolution of the apparent contradiction. We were not told that Flandry knew, then that he did not know. We were told that others, who should have told Flandry, knew. But people do not always do what they should.
It is entirely plausible that Intelligence Chiefs would think, "We must prevent the Merseians from finding out that we know. Therefore, we must prevent our own people from knowing that we know!" But knowledge that is not acted on is useless.
James Blish shows us security stifling science, then democracy. See here, here, here and especially here:
The adverse effect of “security” on science is central to Blish’s They Shall Have Stars:
“…scientific method…depends on freedom of information, and we deliberately killed that.” 16