Depending on an expert lowers brain activity

“This study indicates that the brain relinquishes responsibility when a trusted authority provides expertise, says Berns. “The problem with this tendency is that it can work to a person’s detriment if the trusted source turns out to be incompetent or corrupt.”

A study that shows rigid hierarchy can be detrimental to creative thinking. Read the whole article. It’s about trusting financial experts, but I strongly suspect the same exact thing is true for all kinds of other areas, including religion and spirituality. Which is why it is comforting, in a way. Knowing someone else knows allows a person to stop thinking about the difficulties, with the only task, then, making sure the one who is supposed to know remains the expert and remains respected. That’s also, in Christian perspective, why Jesus didn’t pass on the responsibility of “teaching all things” to other people, including his disciples, but said that this is the role of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing personal thinking, discernment, and responsibility as we have a direct route to God that doesn’t depend on any other expert.

Experts can help, there’s no doubt about that, if they guide and teach and direct how to have discernment.

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