People Who Faced Disaster - And How They Made it Out Alive

Here are 4 short interesting articles about people who survived disaster situations.  I like this part:

"The brain is an engineering system," says John Leach, a former Royal Air Force combat survival instructor who now works with the Norwegian military on survival training and research.  "Like any engineering system, it has limits in terms of what it can process and how fast it can do so.  We cope by taking in information about our environment, and then building a model of that environment.  We don’t respond to our environment, but to the model of our environment."  If there’s no model, the brain tries to create one, but there’s not enough time for that during an emergency.  Operating on an inadequate mental model, disaster victims often fail to take the actions needed to save their own lives.

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