If I started out a paper about a scientific theory with the following sentence; “Empirical proof of that Unicorns exists” – Most scientists on the planet would produce cognitive dissonance, and dismiss the theory in its entirety immediately, without even reading the rest of it. Cryptography is the art of conveying secrets in plain sight. Facts are, this art form is much older than you can possibly imagine!
Most people presented with a PGP message will believe it is rubbish. Only the ones with the necessary “context” to understand it, will be able to take it seriously. “Context” here being of course in relationship to PGP, the private PGP key necessary to decrypt the message.
Such “cryptography keys” can be created in many ways. They can be culturally dependent and interconnected, such that only the ones who were raised in a specific culture are able to understand them. They can be based upon a belief system, such that only the ones able to hold a specific belief in their heads, are capable of reading them. They can be culturally aware, such that only the ones who knows a person intimately are able to understand them. And they can hold false positives, intended to lead the “unworthy” reader astray, believing that he or she has actually understood the message, while actually they’re been tricked to believing it holds something completely different than that which it holds.
I have been working with, and writing a lot about cryptography for the last 5-6 years. In fact much more than most people even realise, because most people would dismiss most of my work as “non-cryptography and unscientific work”. However, maybe that was my purpose …?
If you grew up in the western hemisphere, let me ask you a question. Please give me 4 minutes and 22 seconds of your life, and please give me your entire attention span, and watch the following video. Then let me ask you a simple question …
What does it mean …?
When you understand the answer, don’t answer. That’s the whole point of the exercise! Cryptography is the art of conveying secrets in plain sight, and its purpose is to convey secrets. Let me ask you a simple question …
Can you keep a secret …?
Unless you can, you can never understand what I am talking about, because that was simply my purpose … 😉