Mental Ossification Curve

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A Mental Ossification Curve describes the hardening in a person's views with age, a gradual closing of his or her mind.

For most people, the greatest hardening occurs somewhere in the teenage years.

Personal events, like having children, can shift the curve dramatically. For example, some opponents of the death penalty completely change their views after they have children and want meaningful retribution and deterrence against criminals who harm children.

Studies could be performed to determine the average age of greatest mental ossification.[1]


Characteristics of mental ossification include:

  • an over-reliance on ridicule rather than reason in dealing with criticism

(a start)


  1. See, e.g., Essay:Quantifying Openmindedness.