Generally speaking, I feel like there are two things everyone can agree on when it comes to intellectuals:
- They don't know everything.
- They know more than me (at least about a particular topic).
It's #2 that's tripping me up. The words of a Know-It-All are usually very poorly received (at least in Western culture). We don't consider intelligence as a meaningful criteria for political office, we bully them in schools, and even tell them to their faces that they're wrong about scientific/mathematical concepts that we admit to not understanding! When a problem arises in our lives, they are the last people we want to hear from. We instead run to the counsel of our family, friends, and other people who many times know even less about the problem than we do!
But why? Everything we have as a species is owed to our brains. If they really do know more than us, it would be in our best interest to revere them, no?
Have there been any studies done that would explain why people generally don't listen to smart people?