Rotting and rolling.

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18 Responses to Rotting and rolling.

  1. João says:

    Hooray for our granpas and grammas :)

  2. Zabulon says:

    shouldn’t the B line start high and remain high?

    • Brad says:

      I don’t believe children are usually considered wise, but are certainly curious. Wisdom comes with age.

      • KP says:

        But one could say that holding onto a child-like level of curiosity is a marker of wisdom. (Remember that the function is titled “wisdom”, but what’s being charted is curiosity, so placing B as a horizontal line at the top of the chart wouldn’t indicate that children are wise.)

        That said, children can say some incredibly wise things. I think we lose wisdom as we age, and then regain it. ;)

      • Liam says:

        I don’t think the B line reflects wisdom on an axis, so much as it claims that the increase of curiosity through time is indicative of wisdom. Thus the above comment requires that, as a prerequisite for wisdom curiosity is always at an elevated level, in addition to increasing through time.

  3. Jan says:

    I ask the same question…Shouldn’t the B line start high and stay high? Or is it just for contrariness? I really do believe we hold on to wisdom.

  4. sebkom says:

    How dumb am I for not getting this graph?

    Wisdom raises as we grow older but experience decreases?

    • acm says:

      no, experience can dampen your curiosity (the actual y-axis label), but with wisdom your curiosity only increases with time.

  5. tudza says:

    Is there any significance to the point where the two curves intersect?

    “not yet a nosy old coot” or “not yet ready to believe old wives tales without checking wikipedia and”

  6. Toot- says:

    Hms, don’t quite agree with this one…

    Age gains experience true, but only if you stay curious, so you obtain experience.

    Doing the same thing over and over will give you a flat line, at one point you’ll find everything there’s to know about that one little facet, whiles trying other things will broathern your range of things you’re experienced in.


  7. Falera says:

    I interpret line A as the “been there, done that” kind of experience – losing your curiosity because you think you’ve already seen everything. True Wisdom means staying curious and always open to new things even in later years.

    Or as the German author Erich Kästner once said: “Becoming an adult and yet staying a child – that’s truly human.”

  8. ckuura says:

    Well, that’s depressing…

  9. Jeb says:

    o was just wondering why my daughter thinks she is smarter than me, i mean, she is…but why would she think that? And why doesn’t she know about all the stuff that I know about?

  10. Ankit Jain says:

    How to read this graph? Are these equipotential surfaces? i.e. for a given quantity of wisdom, this shows the various possible combination of age and curiosity. Then that would mean that a child with low curiosity has same wisdom as an elder with more curiosity? Something is missing.

  11. watching the sky says:

    I guess wisdom, to a large extent, is realising that there is so much out there that is exciting and that we don’t know about, and that increases curiosity. That’s why the path to wisdom is where the curiosity keeps increasing…
    Whereas if we begin to feel that we know it all/have experienced it all, we carry on having the experiences, but gain less from them, and hence we lose our curiosity…