Young vs. Old (was: Debunk All Religiosity Equally ...)

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 11:11:57 MDT

Bob Trask wrote:
> > To me one of the great tragedies of the human condition is that the
> > young largely ignore advice from the old.
>The same folks who are repeatedly fleeced by evangelists, stock shams,
>The same folks who start sentences with "It didn't use to be like that..."
>or "I remember when..." or "We've always done it THIS way..."

Those same folks used to be young once. However ignorant they are now,
they were even more ignorant when they were younger. If people on
average learn things as they grow older, older people will on average
know more than younger people.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030-4444
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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