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

From: "Bruno Valeri" <bvaleri@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

> ----- Original Message -----
> 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
> think
>> >> >     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.

And yet more bonus points go to Bruno! You have touched upon a second 
condition that can follow the state of becoming an Unconscious Competent, 
and that is continuous improvement in which one continues to study and train 
to build his/her skills. This may involve retraining to build complementary, 
related, or related skills, perhaps starting at the unconscious incompetent 
stage in some cases. Experts in this field of study identify one more 
condition that may follow Unconscious Competency.

- -Steve Makohin
 '01 R1100S/ABS
 Oakville, Ontario, Canada