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Older and Wiser?

Is the old adage "older and wiser" true? A recent study suggests that it is. A psychologist found that in the US, older folks have more of it than younger people, despite the fact that we seem to admire youth so much here. Surprisingly, he found the opposite in Japan, a country where they venerate their elders.

When psychologist Igor Grossman sent out questionnaires at random to Japanese citizens and then evaluated them without know the ages of the respondents, he found that Japanese youth had better solutions to complex questions than older citizens.

This could mean that the Japanese learn wisdom faster--that it takes us much longer to get wise. We're a country that values individualism, while Japan values the ability to work in a group. Does this mean that groupthink produces more wisdom?

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Please clarify: Are you saying that Japanese people get more foolish as they age? Wouldn't this simply be dementia?

Wisdom is definitely part of getting older--too bad the media doesn't seem to think so, since all the movies and TV shows they put out seem to cater to adolescents, and the few newscasts that don't have depressing ads, for viagra and other prescription drugs. Hey, WE can have fun too!

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