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11:23:35 PM Oct 4th 2013
"[T]he longer humans live, the longer the age gap of competence tends to widen" - okay, yet the "competence bar" keeps raising with the general increase in overall human knowledge, so one would tend to expect that a person could be a "Renaissance Man" at an earlier age in the 1600s than today. Also, even if people *were* "competent" at an earlier age in the distant past, that doesn't mean that they'd be of equal competence to an older example today. Just because someone is the village medical expert in 946 a.d. doesn't mean that they would know or be able to do nearly as much as a similarly-situated town doctor today.

Just some thoughts. :-) -m
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