Situational Awareness

Grant Cunningham – The myth of situational awareness, illustrated.

This isn’t an example of why situational awareness is a great thing; it’s an illustration of why it’s not the panacea so many make it out to be. Just so we’re clear: this doesn’t mean it’s completely unimportant or that it has zero value, only that it needs to be understood in context and subject to critical analysis instead of defended with clichéd one-liners. (Or color codes.)

When bad things happen people are quick to rationalize why they happened, and why the same thing won’t happen to them. “That guy didn’t practice situational awareness, but I do, so I’m safe.”) Depending on the situation, Monday morning quarterbacks who blame the bad outcome on a lack of situational awareness might be right, or they might be kidding themselves.

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