Metacognition and situational awareness

From a systems perspective, situational awareness relates to ecological epistemology, on what is going on outside your head.

What is situational awareness? Often, it’s more helpful to begin by describing what happens when it is absent. …

Why did that young boy and those passengers die? Because the people in charge lacked situational awareness. They did not recognize or label their experiences as an emergency and, as a result, were unprepared for the consequences. …

… why one of my axioms as a clinician is: Most disasters happen slowly.

Source: Jillian Horton |, “Repeat after me: This is an emergency” | August 8, 2020 | Globe and Mail at

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