Learning from Feedback — Am I Willing?

The Blue Angels: Photo by Rob Vogelaar

Good Morning, God!

How do these pilots DO IT? How can they fly that close and that fast? No room for error there! Our Bodies and Minds have incredible abilities, God!

Yesterday in Discover magazine I read an article that was really an excerpt from the book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman. The article touched on how our Bodies can learn to do things without our Minds having any idea HOW we do them. For example, in WW II there were people in Britain who could instantly tell a returning English plane from an attacking German plane. A very useful gift. They “just knew.” They couldn’t explain HOW they knew. If you don’t know how you know . . . then how do you teach others “how to do it?”

What Plane Spotters did was have an apprentice with them who would guess which plane it was. Then the Spotter would immediately tell the apprentice if they were right or wrong. It worked. The apprentice learned how to tell one plane from another. Their Bodies learned — without any apparent help from their minds.

I suppose that must be how the Blue Angel pilots become so skilled. I guess flight simulators help them “learn” from mistakes? I know we’re designed to learn from our mistakes, God. But, unlike the apprentice plane spotters, I am rarely aware of that instant corrective feedback.

You say, I COULD BE . . . but I turned it OFF? You would be willing to make that feedback available and even make it a little louder? Sheesh! I bet You are RIGHT! I bet You ARE willing to give me that feedback. Like after I take a bite? Or BEFORE I ORDER? Sigh. OK, God! Let’s turn that “app” back on.

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