Relation between age and knowledge!!!

@cerium (691)
February 3, 2007 7:07pm CST
Many people think that there's relation between age and knowledge. The older you are, the more knowledgable and wiser you are. Whether it is your older brother or sister, your uncle, your parents, or any one who is older than you (even with a small margin), most of them will just neglect your thoughts and opinions just because you are younger. Last week I had this discussion with someone on MyLot. He was lecturing me about an issue concerning the history of my country!!! (he is american). He referred to me as "youngster" as if it means that I know nothing about my country's history. Maybe he read a book or saw a movie, but he considers himself an expert just because he is older!!
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
oh dear! I bet that was a frustrating discussion for you! I agree that an older person has more knowledge and experience, having lived through more circumstances than a younger person. However, until recently people did not venture out of their own village, so their knowledge of events even in the next town was very limited. This is probably where the confusion arises. Because people know a lot about one subject they think they know everything about all subjects. I am sure you were able to put this person right about your country, so no harm was done :-)
@cerium (691)
5 Feb 07
Some think that if they are older, they must know more than anybody younger than them. They always think that they are right. This is where the problem arises. It's all a matter of experience which is not necessarily related with age. I agree with you that sometimes people think they know everything about all subjects. Thank you for the response.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
7 Feb 07
Thank you. I think you will encounter a lot of closed minded people who have a fixed view on something they know nothing about. I usually try to get them onto another subject they may know something about, to increase my own knowledge, but I admit sometimes it is difficult to find something they do know about lol.
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@Eiloin (327)
4 Feb 07
Well, it is very superficial to say that the older somebody is the wiser he is. The knowledge can be gained in a very young age, if the individual has strong will and is inclined to learn more. The natural intelligence, also, does not improve with the years, at the contrary it ca be reduced. What I would like to point out is that, except the knowledge gained by books, studies and research, there is also the experience, which is only gained by the age. But for the experiences of life, to be a source of wisdom or knowledge, the person has to be able to use them, to learn by his mistakes, to enrich his existing knowledge, etc. So, even the experience gained over the years can be of little or no use to a narrow-minded or uncultivated person. And, to answer to your specific question: it is funny to express opinion in the history of somebody's country, because even if you are talking to a child, he will certainly have quite a lot of information of this field. My country has a large history and they were teaching it to us since primary school. People who have few arguments, sometimes try to make a point by saying things like that, that they are older and know better, or whatever. But, I want to tell you another thing: sometimes the official history we are taught to school, is adapted to the country's political objectives and is not very accurate. Maybe the person you were talking to was indeed an expert in your country's history. Anyway, I don't know whether this is very possible. Sorry for the very long answer, I had kind of inspiration :)
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@cerium (691)
5 Feb 07
I should thank you for this informative answer. I agree with what you said, I just want to add that even experience of life is not always linked with age. Maybe someone is younger, but still he was in tougher situations than the older was. And yes, not every one can learn from experiences. As for the history taught in school, I am sure it can be politically motivated, but as I said, it isn't the only source for my information. I wouldn't even discuss about it, if I hadn't been that sure.
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@Eiloin (327)
12 Feb 07
Well, I have to agree with you, experience is not necessarily linked with the age. So I just can repeat what I told before: people with no arguments use such tactics to try to make their point. I wouldn't bother to mind that person
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@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
25 Jun 07
I personally think there is a direct relation between age and knowledge. Knowledge is not limited to our studying certain issues. We also geather knowledge with our day to day experience with people and things. I agree with you on the part that the gentleman you mentioned could be older than you agewise. But you knowledge (based on your day to day experience of your country) superseeds his knowledge as he might have read some books or listened to views from some of your countrymen. But he did not have a direct contact as you are having. So his calling you youngman could only mean you are younger to him agewise and not knowledgewise.
@cerium (691)
26 Jun 07
It's all about the experience. I agree on that. Thank you for the response.
@urbandekay (18308)
24 Jun 07
In the words of Thoreau Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new. Old people did not know enough once, perchance, to fetch fresh fuel to keep the fire a-going; new people put a little dry wood under a pot, and are whirled round the globe with the speed of birds, in a way to kill old people, as the phrase is. Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost. One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living. Practically, the old have no very important advice to give the young, their own experience has been so partial, and their lives have been such miserable failures, for private reasons, as they must believe; and it may be that they have some faith left which belies that experience, and they are only less young than they were. I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. They have told me nothing, and probably cannot tell me anything to the purpose. Here is life, an experiment to a great extent untried by me; but it does not avail me that they have tried it. If I have any experience which I think valuable, I am sure to reflect that this my Mentors said nothing about. One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with"; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plough along in spite of every obstacle. Some things are really necessaries of life in some circles, the most helpless and diseased, which in others are luxuries merely, and in others still are entirely unknown. all the best urban
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@cerium (691)
24 Jun 07
Great words of wisedome, though I don't 100% agree. A life is measured by experience, and experiences makes man wiser, but only in what he experienced (so we can listen to advices of the more experienced people). An old man with no experience is no more wiser than a toddler. The last sentence you mentioned is so true too. Thank you for the response.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
22 May 07
I don't really believe in the saying that the older you are the wiser you get. I've always believed it depends on the person. I mean, most old people, don't brush up on their knowledge about history and science, and sometimes, new facts are being discovered every year. Maybe the person you had a discussion with has some experience on the topic. I also believe that experience is the best teacher, and there are some things that we don't learn in books, so maybe that's why he thinks he's more knowledgeable than you.
@cerium (691)
23 May 07
Well, he told me that I was too young to know, which was ironic because I was sure about my information. He just seemed to be one of the people who thinks they know best because they are older. Thank you for the response.
• United States
8 May 07
That Mylotter was so wrong to do that to you.You live there. Of course you would know more than him about your own country!Older people that don't respect the views of the young are just as bad as the young that dismiss their elders. It is not an age thing. it is a respect thing.I think it is your experience that counts more than age. There are many a 40 year old in my country that don't know as much as a 20 year old from your country.It depends on your education and life experience.There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom does take time but you can be knowledgable about a many a thing at a very young age.
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@cerium (691)
8 May 07
Yes indeed. It's experience that counts more than age. Thank you for your response.
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@mayamaya (41)
• Philippines
25 Feb 07
i have officemates who think they are superiors because they are seniors. they always emphasize that they know better because they have been working longer than we are. and it is kind of disheartening. our ideas and opinion do not count because we are juniors. but i pity them, because it looks like they are trying too hard to increase their self-worth and feel respected. every person has a tendency to claim that he's always right. and maybe, as one grows older, that tendency becomes greater.
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@cerium (691)
25 Feb 07
Yes, I agree. Being senior may give you more experience, but that doesn't mean that you should neglect the opinion of those younger than you. Also, experience is not the only factor here as education may be another factor. If people just quit thinking of a relation between age and knowledge, there will be no need for increasing one's self worth by using age as a factor. Only your work will speak for you; not your age. Thank you for the response.
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
Well, there tend to be a positive correlation between age and knowledge and or wisdom. Though, there are many exceptions. We should not assume that all young people are stupid and that all older people are wise. I know a woman in her forties who behaves like a 10 years old girl. She has a very poor judgment skills and she is always leaving on a cloud.
@cerium (691)
23 Feb 07
Correlation doesn't imply causation. I think the realtion between age and knowledge is only true within one self. Experience is the only factor that cause increase in wisedome or knowlledge, and since we can't find two people with exactly the same experience in the same subject, therefore the relation cannot be true within different persons. Thank you for your response.
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• India
21 Feb 07
hi Cerium, I dont really agree with age and also knowledge. i dont think we can either draw a conclusion because we might not be knowledge about some subject in which others are proficient. This depends on individual view. i have seen people who act so dumb ,they dont even speak but when they do then everyone around them keep silience. if you pick his favourite subject then we were done. he used to do all the talking. then there are some people who think they are the smartest people on earth....
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@cerium (691)
23 Feb 07
Yes, it's true. It depends on each individual and the subjects that interests him Thank you for your response.
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@jojinhere (187)
• India
21 Feb 07
the realtion between age and relation is bit complecated .. the older you get the more knowledge you get from imbubing from outside world .. that doesnt mean he or she knows everything there would be cases in which the younger know more about this world .. but intelligence is different as the world gives testimony to the fact that all inventions have been from younger brains.. younger brains are more sharp and imbube more knowledge but every person do have a young age.. you will be more knowledgeable than when you were young but may not be as knowlegdeable as soem other youngsters.
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@cerium (691)
21 Feb 07
I really agree with your last sentence: "you will be more knowledgeable than when you were young, but may not be as knowledgeable as some other youngsters.", that's very well said. The relation is only true for the same person, but not between two different persons. As I said before, it all depends on experience (which differs from one person to another). As for intelligence, I think you meant the age in which the person reaches his peak. However, I'm not sure if we can take it as a fact. Many people mentained the sharp state of their minds throughout their whole lives. I am not sure that our IQ may decrease by advancement of age (please correct me if I'm wrong). Thank you for your response.
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@turbogeek (121)
• India
21 Feb 07
Well its nonsense but yet something every grownups believe in. I agree that grown ups may have better experiences in different situations in life and different crises but that doesn't mean that they are more intelligent and more knowledgeable. I have seen many 'kids' who have more intelligence and knowledge than my grandpa! I think this thing was made up by some old ppl who thought that they were not getting enough respect...
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@cerium (691)
21 Feb 07
LOL...It's really all about experience which can be acquired (by some) at a very young age. It depends on the situation you faced and the amount of experience you had. No relation with age at all (except within the same person). I agree with you that it is a misconception. Thank you for your response.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
I think that the older one is the more life's experiences they accumulate, but that does not necessarily mean they are more intelligent or even wise. I have met 16 year old that I would consider brilliant while at the same time I have met some 50 year olds that completely lack common sense and I wonder how they even manage to tie a shoe! Ok that is extreme, but I will say that age does not necessarily correlate with intelligence. Cheers!
@cerium (691)
19 Feb 07
Also life experience is some how independent on age. A young guy who went to the army will have more experience in that matter than a 70 year old who never had this experience. I think that for a person, it's natural that when he becomes older, he becomes wiser. That's for a single person, but that doesn't mean that anyone older is more wiser. I agree with you that intelligence has nothing to do with age. Thank you for your response.
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@sripriya (450)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I think there is no relationship between age and knowledge.Gaining knowledge is for everyone regardless of their age.
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@cerium (691)
10 Feb 07
I agree. Thank you for the response.
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
4 Feb 07
There's a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Older people will probably always be wiser than you, but not more knowledgeable or more intelligent. Some older people aren't wise enough to know the difference. There's a saying I heard that I like..."Think fast, speak slowly". That applies to everyone, both old and young. You will always have to deal with the prejudice of older people, because they will assume you don't know a lot because you haven't had as much life experience as they have. In fact, that's true, but that doesn't make you unintelligent.
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@cerium (691)
4 Feb 07
I didn't mean intelligence here. I was talking about knowledge which has no relation at all with age. As for wisedome, I agree with you, maybe most older people are wiser (they have more experience in life than youngsters), but still that doesn't mean they are more knowledgeable. And as you hinted, not everyone old is wise and the same goes for the young (many young people are wise too). It differs from one person to another according to what experiences he had. Thank you for the response.
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• Malaysia
4 Feb 07
This is not true actually .. age and knowledge has not direct relationship actually. It has to depends on how much you have learnt, how much you heard and how much you experienced.
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@cerium (691)
4 Feb 07
I couldn't agree more. Thank you for the response.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
How much older was he ?? was he a vet did he live in your country before he left for America ? Don't take to heart what he siad. You never know he may know more.
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@cerium (691)
4 Feb 07
What difference will it make if he was 50 or even 60 years older? This is the main idea, age makes no difference. Even if he lived in my country, I studied my country's history and I have everyday experience with it. I'm not sure if he can top that :) Yes I don't know how much he knows, but I know how much I do. Thank you for the response.
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