Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Too Soon Old

An article in today's New York Times says old people might be wiser, according to an experiment. That's what we need, an experiment.

The researchers put distracting words into some reading materials, and the old people read them while the young people blocked out the distractions. This supposedly is why young people can remember where they left their keys. Later, both groups had to pass a test whose answers had been embedded in the distracting material.

So wisdom according to the testers consists of the ability to be distracted by answers to questions that haven't been asked yet.

So this is the meaning of the saying, "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart."



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