The people and leadership of the United States are completely unused to the idea that the nation can be attacked in this way, physically on its own territory. A swift response to the attacks on the Trade Center and the Pentagon is currently under way. The bombardment of much of Afghanistan from the air is proceeding at this moment. Plato refers to the Socratic doctrine of anamnesis in several of the Dialogues. The word simply means "recollection", but it carries far more meaning than that. For the early Platonists, anamnesis referred to active recollection from the "world of the forms", in essence a realm of perfect abstractions. In view of the rising importance and consequences of the kinds of decisions which are currently being made on the world stage, it is incumbent upon us to learn how to develop methods of augmenting human information processing and decision making.