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On the Connection between Age and Creativity

Jonah Lehrer on Old Writers and the connection between age and work in other areas of creativity:

For instance, Simonton has found that poets and physicists tend to
produce their finest work in their late 20s, while geologists,
biologists and novelists tend to peak much later, often not until they
reach late middle age. Simonton argues that those disciplines with an
“intricate, highly articulated body of domain knowledge,” such as
physics, chess and poetry, tend to encourage youthful productivity. In
contrast, fields that are more loosely defined, in which the basic
concepts are ambiguous and unclear – examples include history, literary
criticism and biology – lead to later peak productive ages.

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