In this recent post, I commented on the tactics that the global warming community is using to defend its position against the growing body of scientific evidence against it. However, I apparently failed for foresee the best of all tactics: the repudiation of science itself or rather the redefinition of "science" like the global warming fraud as "post normal," which means that this issue is so important that transcends the need for evidence or agreement with evidence. Hat tip goes to jules Crittenden for the link.
This rejection of science provides a good introduction to an important element of the conceptual framework of Sun Tzu's strategy. Strategy starts by assuming that the complete truth about a situation is unknowable. This is why all initial actions in a new direction are incremental and minimize risk. However, this does not mean that we cannot know anything. It only means that we must make decisions based upon what we know is limited, uncertain knowledge of the future. We must act based upon fragments of evidence, which can point in several different directions.
To help us make better decisions, but not perfect ones, Sun Tzu's strategy, embraces both the rational and the empirical. Sun Tzu's strategy is rational in that it argues that we can know for certain that the competitive world works consistently in known ways, based upon rational analysis. For example, strategy teaches that it always dangerous to fight uphill or against a more united opponent. Can we "prove" this knowledge? No, be we can accept it as a good working model until something better comes along. However, strategy is also empirical, in that it requires evidence that a given condition exists. It teaches that we should always be willing to adjust our decisions based upon new evidence. We can be wedded to good strategy, without being wedded to a given course of action. Strategy teaches that human creativity can completely change any existing situation in completely unpredictable ways.