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I vaguely wonder if this strand of assumptions - that adults just can't learn things quickly - had its roots in debunked myths from 50s and 60s. You know the ones: brain cells don't regenerate, etc.





I think it has more to do with old people being more stubborn. I've noticed that often it's not that they're unable to learn things, but rather they're unwilling to learn.

And rather than admit that you won't put the time in to practice a skill, its much easier to say that its "not for you" or "I'm too old to learn this", etc.

The stubbornness of little children is a different type than stubbornness of old people.

You think old people are more stubborn than little children?

Dealing with both regularly, that matches my experience.

But that may be because of a nonrepresentative sample on one or both sides of the comparison.


"You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is at least 300 years old.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/you_can%27t_teach_an_old_dog_...




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