Decision speed and criticality
Any folks here remember early days of puter programming?
If, then, else. Go sub. - etc?
When we are faced with an encounter I feel I can draw parallels - in as much as our assessment must first off be rapid, probably in the extreme - and also probably utilize such simple computations as mentioned above.
We see potential threat - and ask ourselves ''If'' the threat is indeed threat, and enough to require a response.
Should that be affirmative ''then'' we must decide an action, ''else'' consequences, perhaps.
If we get this far then ''Go sub'' - which will take us to sub routines including - get hell outa Dodge. Take immediate cover. Draw and fire.. etc. many possible sub routines.
Bottom line tho which always provides me much food for thought - is, will there be enough time?. We can all say - ''yeah well, training will take over''. So it might, in a classic cut'n'dried case where there is a gun all but in our face but - not all situations need be that clear cut.
Concern is over making right decision, fast .... seeing as making the wrong one could mean our demise or ending up in jail - two total extremes. I have mentioned around this subject before so apolgies it ain't new, just another slant.
Thinking time (computing time!) is a luxury that may not be there - all I know is I sure would want to make the right decision but sometimes wonder ............