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    long delay between actions and their noticeable outcomes

    Think of how you developed your style of using the brakes on your car. As you were mastering the skill of taking curves, you gradually learned when to let go of the accelerator and when and how hard to use the brakes. Curves differ, and the variability you experienced while learning ensures that you are now ready to brake at the right time and strength for any curve you encounter. The conditions for learning this skill are ideal, because you receive immediate and unambiguous feedback every time you go around a bend: the mild reward of a comfortable turn or the mild punishment of some difficulty in handling the car if you brake either too hard or not quite hard enough. The situations that face a harbor pilot maneuvering large ships are no less regular, but skill is much more difficult to acquire by sheer experience because of the long delay between actions and their noticeable outcomes. Whether professionals have a chance to develop intuitive expertise depends essentially on the quality and speed of feedback , as well as on sufficient opportunity to practice.

    What does this mean here? I don't get it.
    long delay between actions and their noticeable outcomes
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    Re: long delay between actions and their noticeable outcomes

    A harbour boat doesn't respond as quickly as a car. There is a long delay between an action (say engaging the brakes, or turning the wheels) and noticing their outcomes (the boat stopping, the boat changing course).
    The whole paragraph explains this. If you don't get instant feedback, it takes longer to learn.

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    Re: long delay between actions and their noticeable outcomes

    When you want to make a large ship go faster/slower, you will not notice a significant change in speed for some time after you have increased/reduced power.

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