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 said

    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 said

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

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