In my experience people who are good with science and math and actually have a chance to change the world are labeled weird and nerds and generally just avoided. Why do you think this is? Is it because people tend to look down on what they don't understand? And this question isn't about dating or anything it's just in every day life.
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I will be brutally honest, and as always this is a GENERAL picture, obviously not true of all. There are three primary facets.
#1: honestly, besides for predisposition for liking a subject (which can aid in the success when studying it), it takes above-average intelligence on the Bell Curve to really do well on such subjects - people with an IQ of 80 generally cannot do that stuff. This is especially true the more complex subjects such as Astrophysics become modified with new knowledge over time.
#2: For cultural reasons some ethnic groups either seemingly do not value education like the predominant "white majority in the 1950's" stereotype used to do, or they are downright resentful of people in their communities who are brainy and study, calling those who do so and succeed "acting White". Some cultures are more practical and value making good money early in life, regardless of education.
#3: This is the least important of the reasons: anti-snob value, such as frat boys putting down nerds as being too serious, never having fun, and never getting laid. Perhaps some women also feel this way (man, he's just too BORING!), but I don't believe it is the majority by far, as many women are glad to marry a well-educated man who can make more than a HS dropout.
I also think the brunt of this nerd hatred is from the young. People of my age group etc. do not feel this way - in fact, if anything, we are disappointed in people who use any of the three excuses above.
I am glad when nerds succeed, whether they be Black, Brown, NA, Asian, Martian or invisible. So should anyone with any understanding, and who is positive about wanting to make the world better.2