Life ends at 45… Study reveals when our mental powers start to diminish
Huge survey carried out on Whitehall civil servants shows our brains peak earlier than we think
So cry the headlines in The Independent.
But as Disraeli famously said: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Does this study really prove something completely different: that ten years working as a civil servant in Whitehall is a very effective way of reducing whatever mental powers you had to start off with?
(I speak as someone who worked in Whitehall for only two years and has never been the same since!)