The F-16 pilot then asked the C-130 pilot, “What do you think of that?”
The C-130 pilot replied, “That was pretty impressive. Now watch this.”
For the next 7 minutes, the C-130 droned along its course. Then the C-130 pilot came back on the radio, ” Well what did you think of that?”
The puzzled F-16 pilot replied,”Think of what? You did NOTHING.”
The Hercules pilot replied, ” Well, I got out of my seat, stretched my legs, walked to the back of the aircraft, used the loo and got myself a steaming mug of coffee and a cinnamon roll. Cheers!”
When you are young and impetuous, speed and flash may be the thing to do. However, as you grow older (and smarter) you adopt a lifestyle of comfort and grace. It is called S.O.S. Slower, Older, Smarter.
A new study concludes that some measures of intelligence peak much later in life than previously thought, like being able to accurately judge others’ emotions, explaining why we often think of older people as wiser.
Anyone who is getting on in age has had more time to accumulate facts and information about the world, and possessing this larger data set results in better decision making.
Certain cognitive abilities, like raw processing speed, peak in our late teenage years, but other measures of intelligence have a longer shelf life; slower cognitive speeds are actually associated with a higher-order brain state called “flow” that enables us to transcend our sense of self and our sense of time..
Intelligence is a complex trait that relates both to the amount of knowledge we accumulate over time and how that information is processed in the brain. Now science confirms what we have recognized to be true about older generations for a long time: They may not be as quick on the uptake, but they’re still smarter than us in many ways.
When elderly people seem slow or forgetful, it’s not because their brains are weaker, but because they have so much knowledge stored up, according to new research. A team using computer models found that measures used to test cognitive decline are flawed and that the wealth of information to process causes things to slow down as the mind’s database grows, “The human brain works slower in old age,” the lead researcher says, “but only because we have stored more information over time.”
“Imagine someone who knows two people’s birthdays and can recall them almost perfectly, Would you really want to say that person has a better memory than a person who knows the birthdays of 2,000 people, but can ‘only’ match the right person to the right birthday nine times out of 10?”
Older Brains Are Slower —but Smarter