When Philip Pullman wrote His Dark Materials, he thought he might have written a story that would appeal to a "a few clever kids and a few intelligent adults." The series has been translated into 40 languages and has sold 15 million copies. If he was that wrong about that, he's probably wrong about what it's about, too.
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New research seems to reveal that the loss of "white matter" because of aging is what causes us oldies to get all addle-pated. I'm not sure I buy the premise that young brains are automatically more "in sync."