Does age bring wisdom?

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How much of wisdom is degree of socialization? As a society, should we get more sophisticated over time? What does it mean if we don’t?


Does age bring wisdom?

Author: Scott Alexander, Slate Star Codex

Link: https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/WdkLDpBGMCWhfByAY/does-age-bring-wisdom

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But the non-innocent explanation is that I’m not getting wiser, I’m just getting better socialized.
Sometimes I can almost feel this happening. First I believe something is true, and say so. Then I realize it’s considered low-status and cringeworthy. Then I make a principled decision to avoid saying it — or say it only in a very careful way — in order to protect my reputation and ability to participate in society. Then when other people say it, I start looking down on them for being bad at public relations. Then I start looking down on them just for being low-status or cringeworthy.
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