[Baypiggies] Chompapps Position - from Issue 31

RYAN DELUCCHI bender at onsrc.com
Thu Oct 29 19:23:44 CET 2009


A big +1.  I have nothing more to add.

On Oct 29, 2009, at 10:59 AM, Peter Trudelle wrote:

> Age discrimination is a very difficult subject, but there is no  
> basis in the study cited for any overall "brain level", let alone  
> its declining with age. Some abilities appeared to decline while  
> others increased; in fact, "abilities based on accumulated  
> knowledge...increased until age 60".  This last detail is  
> misleading, as the study did not include anyone over 60, so all they  
> found was that it kept increasing. Programming ability is affected  
> by accumulated knowledge, and it is also much more complex than  
> solving puzzles, recalling words and story details and spotting  
> patterns in letters and symbols, so I'm not sure how applicable this  
> study is to it.  BTW, the last paragraph contains a logical fallacy;  
> "virtually everyone agreeing" on something does not make it true, as  
> implied. I find it odd that anyone would expect a recent graduate to  
> outperform someone who may have spent their entire life honing  
> skills the graduate has barely started to develop.  FWIW, the only  
> 80 year old programmer I ever worked with could code rings around  
> the recent graduates.  And why not?  He had 50+ years of experience,  
> we had none.
>
> Peter
>
> On 10/29/2009 12:00 AM, resmith at runbox.com wrote:
>> Age discrimination is a difficult subject.  People work till they  
>> are in their 50's and 60's, and even 70's. And companies should  
>> treat them or consider them as candidates equally that entire time  
>> as they do a much younger person according to the law. But does  
>> their brain stay at the same level the entire time? This study says  
>> that it peaks at 22 and starts to dwindle at age 27:
>>
>> http://www.thirdage.com/brain-fitness/when-does-your-brain-function-peak
>>
>> Virtually everyone would agree that an 80 year old person would   
>> underperform a 22 year old college graduate in a programming  
>> assignment. But at what point did the person 80 start to  
>> underperform the 22 year old? Was it at 70? 60? 50? 40? 30?   If  
>> the answer isn't 70, then there is a problem.
>>
>> Rob
>>
>>
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