We’ve got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right Here in the USA, It Starts with “V” and that stands for “Visualization” Ver. 1.1.0
The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
May 7, 2013, Revised 1/24/2018
The Making of a Troubleshooter
I was identified by my sergeant as a troubleshooter when I was 22 years old serving in the United States Air Force in the South Pacific as a flight-line jet engine mechanic. My sergeant then assigned me to all the troubleshooting jobs and tasked me with giving a second opinion on the troubleshooting that others had performed when there were long wait times for parts. I seemed to have the ability to visualize the processes that were involved in a system in these jet engines and visualized a solution. Later in life, I used the same skills as a troubleshooter for the energy and defense departments at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It has always intrigued me why I had these skills and others did not.
An inheritance from my father and mother was my conclusion for these visualization skills. My father was a doctor of veterinary medicine and my mother was also a college graduate and never went to bed without a book. I was the youngest of eight children by my father and the last of four children by my mother. My father was 51 years old when I was born and my mother was 39 years of age. This theory gave validity to the idea of skills being inherited from our parents, a phenomenon easily observed in celebrity actors, musicians and public personalities.
DNA Passed Down to the Following Generations
We know that our DNA is passed down to our children and to their children. We now know that our DNA changes as we learn new skills and knowledge. The “improved” DNA is passed down through the generations. Both of my parents were very well experienced in life with much improved DNA to pass down to me. Thus, the children in these families receive different DNA as DNA is improved with life’s experiences and by learning.
Visualization a Learned Skill through our Environment
Lately I recalled my early childhood experience of listing to stories every Sunday evening, as the neighborhood kids and I were laid out in front of the floor model radio in our middle-class home, listening to “Gunsmoke,” “Johnny Dollar Insurance Investigator” and more. As we listened to these stories, we visualized them in our minds, and I think this is where this visualization skill was developed. Was it developed in many others? Probably, but not many made it to the forefront of technology. I can recall some of my classmates at about the second grade level talk about watching “Zorro” on the television. This would have been about 1952. Our family did not have a television until I was in high school so I had more visualization training than some classmates did. I recall conversations with others who grew up in this generation saying that “Gunsmoke” on the radio was much better than “Gunsmoke” on the television. The visualizations we created in our own minds were better than what Hollywood had produced.
The High Tech World
I now believe it was this early training in visualization and inherited DNA that enabled me to visualize the processes of systems in the high-tech world as they were applied to physics and mechanical systems in a troubleshooting environment.
The Visualization-Design Process
When I was designing hardware for use in Physics Experiments, I would find a quiet place to sit back and visualize the design in my mind and then go to my Drawing Board and record the design that was in my mind. This design process is significantly difference than creating a design one line at a time. One other notable example for using this method of “Visualization-Design Process” was “Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.” [i] It is reported that he would design his systems in his mind before he picked up his pencil and drew the design on paper. [ii] This visualization design process is similar to the experiences reported by Elon Musk CEO of Tesla Motors, commercial space program SpaceX. Freemont, California, a transplant to the USA from South Africa/Canada. [iii] Is the USA in need of importing our visualization leaders from other countries?
The conclusion of this insight must be obvious. Let’s get back to reading our children stories from books and re-empower the radio stories for our children to listen to so that they can use their own visualization skills to envision the stories. Let’s lose the television, video movies, video games, YouTube, and any other sources of distraction that gets in the way of visualization training of our children. We will end up with a much empowered group of adults capable of visualization, who are now an almost “lost generation” of visualization specialists. This may take a few generations as it certainly looks like the passing of DNA from one generation to the next is also involved in the “Visualization Process”.