The belief that learning is more difficult for older people (was: Bigotry (you win, I give up))

Deborah Swanson python at
Thu Apr 20 09:31:43 EDT 2017

Poor souls. It isn't pretty when the mind lets go. Maybe it sounds cold,
but these people did make the choice every day of most of their lives to
not bother themselves about the why of things, to not pay attention to
this, to let someone else worry about that, etc.

The sad thing is that this ad is likely for prescription drugs, which
may restore rudimentary mental function, but they won't restore your
mind. Especially if you never cultivated one to begin with.

At 65 years old, I'm surrounded by these people, many of whom I've known
all my life, and I know how they've lived.

Rustom Mody wrote, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:48 AM
> On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:51:55 AM UTC+5:30, Ben Finney wrote:
> > "Deborah Swanson"  writes:
> > 
> > > But this bit caught my eye because I hold the opposite 
> opinion about 
> > > old people's ability to learn.
> > >
> > > It is a choice.
> > 
> > The topic is complex, and both "It is entirely determined 
> by your own 
> > choices" and "It is in no way determined by your own choices" are 
> > false.
> Received this today
> ========================
> What is A.A.A.D.D.  ? It is              
> Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. 
> This is how it manifests:
> I decide to water my garden.
> As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
> I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. 
> As I start toward the garage,
> I notice mail on the porch table that
> I brought up from the mail box earlier.
> I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. 
> I lay my car keys on the table,
> put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
> and notice that the can is full. 
> So, I decide to put the bills back
> on the table and take out the garbage first.
> But then I think,
> since I'm going to be near the mailbox
> when I take out the garbage anyway,
> I may as well pay the bills first.
> I take my cheque book off the table,
> and see that there is only one cheque left.
> My extra cheques are in my desk in the study,
> so I go inside the house to my desk where
> I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking. 
> I'm going to look for my cheques , 
> but first I need to push the Coke aside
> so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
> The Coke is getting warm,
> and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
> As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke,
> a vase of flowers on the counter
> catches my eye--they need water.
> I put the Coke on the counter and
> discover my reading glasses that
> I've been searching for all morning.
> I decide I better put them back on my desk,
> but first I'm going to water the flowers.
> I set the glasses back down on the counter,
> fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. 
> Someone left it on the kitchen table.
> I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
> I'll be looking for the remote,
> but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
> so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
> but first I'll water the flowers.
> I pour some water in the flowers,
> but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
> So, I set the remote back on the table,
> get some towels and wipe up the spill.
> Then, I head down the hall trying to
> remember what I was planning to do. 
> At the end of the day:
> the car isn't washed
> the bills aren't paid
> there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
> the flowers don't have enough water,
> there is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,
> I can't find the remote,
> I can't find my glasses,
> and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
> Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
> I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
> and I'm really tired.
> I realize this is a serious problem,
> and I'll try to get some help for it,
> but first I'll check my e-mail....
> Do me a favour.
> Forward this message to everyone you know,
> because I don't remember whom I've sent it to.
> Isn't you yet? You are young... And your day is coming!
> -- 

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