BY DAVID NINOMIYA
If you're under age 16, don't you feel yourself getting smarter every year? If you're over 16, don't you feel yourself getting dumber every year? Yeah, exactly, hence my theory.
When you were a child, don't you remember being super creative, seeing things so much clearer, having a bunch of ideas of how to improve the world and possible inventions? Every year, you just kept getting smarter because you were learning more in school.
After age 16, people start getting much more academic knowledge. They memorize more data, formulas, dates, figures, etc. but it's just memorizing facts. There isn't much more stimulus for creativity after age 16. Your creative nature is soon overwhelmed with procedure and facts. The best example I have of this is in school papers. If you still have them, look at your English papers, poetry, reports, etc. in your Sophmore or Junior years of High School. You will see that they were/going to be the best papers you will write in your life.
Anyway, around age 16 is the pinnacle, the nexus of creativity and academic intelligence. This is when I believe people are at their smartest. After this age, you memorize more facts, but aren't as "smart".
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