Clint Eastwood’s fountain of Youth: Learning

See this inter­view today.

Quote: “By 76, most direc­tors have put their heavy lift­ing behind them, their pace slow­ing, the qual­i­ty of their films wan­ing. Not Clint Eastwood.”

Clint East­wood: “My father always said you’ve got to keep learn­ing, keep expand­ing or you will decline the oth­er way. I’ve always adhered to that.”

Wise words. I would add that the jour­ney of life means con­stant learn­ing. That is what our brains need.

See some brain images that explain the process of learn­ing a new skill, from what hap­pens when we first encounter it, to what is going on while we are inter­nal­iz­ing it in a tran­si­tion mode, to what hap­pens once it is famil­iar thanks to practice.

And what is Learn­ing? you may enjoy this inter­view with neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gist and edu­ca­tor Dr. James Zull. Good night!


  1. eleanor on October 24, 2006 at 9:40

    yes — com­ing at this from a human givens per­spec­tive, we would also say that this learn­ing process is an essen­tial human need — an absolute pre­req­ui­site for good men­tal health. With­out this need for being stretched being ful­filled, you will, as clint east­woods father puts it, “decline” and what this means is a high­er like­li­hood of men­tal health prob­lems like depression.

  2. Alvaro on October 24, 2006 at 10:26

    Hi Eleanor-may you could pro­vide us with a sum­ma­ry of the “human givens per­spec­tive” some day? We enjoy learning :-)

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