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Oh deaf, where is thy sting?

I am half in love with easeful deaf. I am peacefully oblivious while night noises, restaurant clatter and Guy Fawkes fireworks annoy my patient partner. Conversations sometimes take bizarre twists when I answer questions that no one has asked or … Continue reading

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Age, Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns

Donald Rumsfeld reminded us that “as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do … Continue reading

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Dreams of Gerontius

My daytime life is excellent but  night life is dull because dreams are  rubbish. They used to be more exciting. At age 7, most nights,  I could depend on being chased by wolves around my boarding school;  In my 20’s … Continue reading

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Laboratory and Free-Range Ageing

Cognitive gerontologists well know, but keep very quiet about a serious problem for our science:  There are two  different kinds of older people but we have only studied one of them.  We know, greatly admire, value and cherish  the tiny … Continue reading

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Age, underpants, trees and the brain

An early sign of the progress of old age is when you have to hang onto something to safely get into your underpants. Is this a signal of wider physiological changes in the brain? Are struggles to get into underpants … Continue reading

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Age and the overstuffed mind

Ramscar et al (2014)1 claim that Cognitive Aging is “a myth” because slowing of all decisions is a key behavioural marker of mental changes in old age2 but occurs only because accumulation of information over a lifetime slows retrieval of … Continue reading

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