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Who's smarter: Senior Citizens, Middle Agers, or Young persons?

  1. Jan 10, 2004 #1
    I say without a doubt, Senior Citizens. I are one. I am so Smart. Ask any question and I can give a good answer. I am filled with wisdom! What a feeling! I bet you think you are smarter. But really, who is SMARTER wiyh regards to Generation? An example of being so smart: if you add 2 oranges and 2 apples together, you do not get 4. Your answer is still, 2 oranges and 2 apples. Whew, I better go take a nap on that one. Can you top it?
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2004 #2
    Senior citizens have the most knowledge of a wide variety of things, middle agers have a mix between general knowledge and witt, and young persons have mostly witt with virtually no knowledge of a wide variety of things.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2004 #3
    But you have to admit that wisdom, common sense, witt, and knowledge are four totally different things.

    Age doesn't really matter, in my opinion. Yet, einsteinian, I think you're right.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2004 #4
    The very question is absurd. "Smartness" is not some number that you can measure and compare.

    And timejim...if you put 2 oranges and 2 apples together you do get 4 if you're counting the number of fruits and not the number of apples and oranges. Your question was too vague to give a proper answer.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2004 #5
    please, first, define "smart"...
     
  7. Jan 10, 2004 #6

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    I think the real question is are any of these age groups smarter than the average bear? obviously not because you dont hear about senior citizens stealing people's pickinic (or however yogi says it) baskets do you?

    Bears are the smartest.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2004 #7
    True, but,IMO, they are all the main qualities of intelligence.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2004 #8
    Ahhh, to be vague, at the right time, can be a sign of wit, wisdom, and the "smartness" of an individual. No, smartness cannot be measured but it can be opinion formulating. I think I'll take another nap.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2004 #9
    No one is a match for a smart, healthy senior citizen; not a smart, healthy youth, or smart healthy middle-ager. Seniors have the advantages of more experience and more time to make sence of it.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2004 #10
    Anything, at the right time, can probably be a sign of wit, wisdom and smartness.

    But usually vagueness is an attempt to mask ignorance.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2004 #11
    Experience is overrated. But so is youth, so it cancels out.
     
  13. Jan 10, 2004 #12
    Experience can, indeed, end up being meaningless. It was the "more time to make sence of it" that was the more important aspect of my point. Given a youth, an adult, and a senior all working equally on learning from their experiences, the senior will always have the head start.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2004 #13
    I was just trying to emphasize the fact the most of the differences people point out between older and younger people (older people have more experience, younger people learn faster, etc.) don't end up making much of a difference in the real world.

    I'll grant that a senior has an advantage when learning from experience, but for the most part people don't seem to bother with learning from their experience, so the advantage is usually wasted.:frown:
     
  15. Jan 10, 2004 #14
    Point taken.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2004 #15
    So then it is the middle aged that have the 'sweet spot' on learning, still close enough to the 'speed of youth', and nearer the 'age of wisdom' (arising from experience) right? (or is it 'left', tee-hee )
     
  17. Jan 11, 2004 #16
    If you say so, then that means that intelligence is improvable because wisdom comes with age.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2004 #17
    Humm far as I know intelligence is the ability to learn, that is 'improvable' but has margins/limits, and "Wisdom coming with Age" is not something that is gauranteed, simple enough to be a "knowledgeable (or intelligent) old fool" (I suppose) as the accuracy of just what it is that you have learned, and the subject matter (as well) count! you could otherwise simply end up with a vast accumulation of (reasonsably) not very useful knowledge...
     
  19. Jan 12, 2004 #18
    Very right. Good point. Not all people are able to learn and MANY will end up without anything gained.
     
  20. Jan 12, 2004 #19
    Ooops SHHHH! please, I know a few of these...
     
  21. Jan 13, 2004 #20
    Though i cannot top you i can tell you onething. The smartet one is the one who is well informed no matter what his age is. If you had asked who are the most experienced i would vote for the senior ones and the ones with the most witts would be the youth and the one with the most capabilities will be middle agers.

    P.S If i have gone out of the topic please forgive me.

    -Benzun
     
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