People Actually Get Smarter As They Get Older

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    Mar 18, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    NYT: Research is catching up with the idea that, in some ways, people apparently grow smarter with age.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/health/older-really-can-mean-wiser.html?
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    Mar 18, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    Which may explain why smart people become more conservative - and smarter! - as they age.
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    Mar 18, 2015 7:27 PM GMT
    ^ there are exceptions tho. apparently
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    Mar 18, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidWhich may explain why smart people become more conservative - and smarter! - as they age.


    Hmmm, first impressions on your reply: you clearly didn't read the article because, A) the OP didn't offer the correct URL, and B) your implication that smart equals conservative, thus smarter equals more conservative is dangerously fallacious. Oh, and probably wrong, but we'd have to actually look at a study that considered specifically that rather than reaching...I like that word--reaching--to shoehorn every conclusion into your already calcified premise.

    OP, here's the correct URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/health/older-really-can-mean-wiser.html?ref=health&_r=0
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    Mar 18, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidWhich may explain why smart people become more conservative - and smarter! - as they age.

    You prove the exception to this rule. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 18, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    To be totally honest, I think the speed of my thinking has slowed with age. But what HAS changed for the better is this:

    - more experiences to draw upon that help in problem solving
    - the willingness to think "out of the box" and not according to rigid doctrine I'd been taught in school or at home

    So it's sorta like my "processor" isn't the fastest, but my software is improved, with a larger database. If I have the time to mull a problem over, my chances of solving it are pretty competitive with any youngster out there.

    The wild card here is specific technical skills. But when discussing simple logic and less specialized areas, I'll run circles around most kids. And those who run circles around me, well, bless 'em, the human race still has a glimmer of hope. icon_biggrin.gif
  • KissTheSky

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    Mar 26, 2015 3:13 AM GMT
    I've always thought this was pretty much common knowledge.
    I know I'm way smarter than my younger self was!
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    Apr 25, 2015 6:16 AM GMT
    @mickeytopogigio for the correct link. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 25, 2015 6:25 AM GMT
    Okay, you guys. I fixed the hyperlink at last!
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    Apr 25, 2015 9:29 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidWhich may explain why smart people become more conservative - and smarter! - as they age.


    Actually my dad has gone from Republican to Democrat as he's aged, from seeing things in black and white to recognizing grey areas, from being dogmatic to sympathetic. I'd like to think of it as an expansion of the mind and spirit rather than a hardening of the two. icon_smile.gif
  • bobbobbob

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    Apr 25, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
    If you're over 50 try not to think of it as you're not getting smarter or wiser.

    Think of it as everyone else is slowly becoming as smart and wise as you are.
    Just don't feel obligated to remind them of it too much.
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    May 04, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
    I've heard that.....but I can't remember where..........
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    May 05, 2015 8:11 PM GMT
    i allreddy new thaht