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Re: Best Statement on this list so far...

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From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <oilheads@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:32 AM
Subject: Re: Best Statement on this list so far...

> >> > (4) Unconscious competent: You know, and you don't even
> >> >     about it. FYI, Top Gun pilots are in  this category --
> >
> > Not to be confused with skill level.
> >
> Ah, Grasshopper, you have touched upon *one* of the
possibilities that lurk
> beyond the state of unconscious competency:

Actually, it's fighter pilots that lurk beyond this level.
They spend a lot of time training intensely for all possible
outcomes. They prepare muscle memory and "synapse" memory ie the
right cassette to access pronto for the right situation. Good
racers do it too.

In fact, anyone who wants to have a better probability of
successful outcome when presented with unexpected situations.
I used that effectively in skydiving for my own training. Also
the way I trained students and other instructors.

When the shit hits the fan, ideally you need to bypass -
pondering the situation -  and go directly to reaction.
If you need to stop and think about it, you'll often be out of
time,  or space,  or both.

So just because you can do something without thinking about it,
doesn't mean you can be complacent. When the stakes are high, you
want to keep sharp.

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