Accession Number:

ADA470670

Title:

Representation

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UNITED STATES ARMY INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON DC BATTLE COMMAND SIMULATION AND EXPERIMENTATION

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Representation is the most important yet underappreciated concepts of Modelling and Simulation MS. The reason this is so is due to hierarchies that we take for granted. By hierarchies I mean that there is a layer of representation of us as individuals, as military professional, as members of a military unit and as citizens of an entire nation. My purpose is to provide instances of this at every level and tie it into how all of this is represented on one ion or another through history, psychology, organisational behaviour, sociology, political science and its significance to MS. While this appears at first idealistic at best or unattainable at worst, here is why. First and toremost, we take ourselves for granted and do not realize how representation defines us. The best example is religion. Although many in the lecture hall wear a mihtary urniorm and exude coimon nons of professionalism, each one can walk down the streets of any city and feel different emotions when looking at houses of worship. All of us feel something different for some - absolutely nothing, for others flimiharity or even a sense of kinship while others feel pangs of contemptuousness. The psychologist Carl Jung noticed this about people. Of the Christian cross, Jung noted that it carried a much different significance p.l if found after ones name in a book signiiying their death as opposed to its placement on a building. Jung researched early Christianity and discovered that the crossbeam of its Latin cross was purposefully moved higher than the equilateral orthodox one to signiiy the otherworldliness of heaven above earth p.271. People either in uniform or out make snap judgments whether we realize it or not.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE