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Another View of the Picture of Man

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Dr. “Bob” Rhondell Gibson, who introduced the Picture of Man to the public in the 1980’s, used the analogy of an army to aid in describing the relationship between functions in the diagram.

“Instead of the Physical Body, let’s put “Troops.” In Awareness, let’s put “Intelligence Corps.” And instead of “X,” let’s put “Wise General.”

“The Intelligence Corps receives information from the environment and from the Troops. The Intelligence Corps is well aware of what is going on in the Troops, morale, scuttlebutt, etc. It is also aware of what is going on in the environment. It does not tell the Wise General what to do, but it does relate what it considers to be true as it sees it, the Intelligence Corps, and that it also puts value or priorities on the information. If it feels that it is totally immaterial, puts no value on it, it is not reported.

“If it is valued, it is reported immediately. And the Wise General, of course, gives the orders down through his chain of command, and the Troops carry out his orders. And this aids in the survival and the advancement, or the purpose, of this organism called an army. It has a general; it has all his lines of command. He depends for his information on the Intelligence Corps. The function, of course, is to advance and survive for the army.”

Gibson, Robert. R. The Science of Man, Tape 2.

And when Awareness is contaminated by the influence of Tree of Knowledge (what Dr. Gibson refers to as the “NOT-I’s”):

“It is as though the Intelligence Corps were to identify with some fifth agents and says, “Well, they’re the same as I; they’re in the Intelligence Corps.” And, of course, they could all report to the general and the Wise General would act upon everything he received from the Intelligence Corps as being true.”

Gibson, Robert. R. The Science of Man, Tape 5.

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