First, what are the positives. They do indeed exist. You got to consider why the person is well known in the first place. Obviously, you have to do something remarkable in this society to be well-known. A politician had to rise through the ranks of his party and beat out everyone else that competed with him for his position, as a representative, senator, or President. A military commander had to rise through the ranks, which requires a very talented and determined individual. A business executive had to likewise climb through the ranks of a corporation and log in countless hours, sacrificing all to beat out the competition for the top spot. All of these "great" people have had to accomplish a lot, and experience a lot. They have tons of experiences to draw from when making their opinions. In addition, perhaps the person is well-known simply on the strength of their ideas or opinions. In that case, knowing that the opinion is theirs signals to you that a really smart intelligent man made it. In either case, being well-known does send signals that the person's opinion is potentially more valid than someone less well-known.
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academia would prefer it this way
As a Christian, I believe this is self-evident in the Christian faith. Christians should keep in mind that the founder of Christianity, Jesus, was a carpenter, and that his disciples were fishermen and other commoners. None were Pharisees. Yes, Paul was educated, but the opinion of Peter, a fisherman, is given equal footing with him. Both are in the Bible, and Peter's opinion is not seen as any less valid. Before dismissing someone's opinion because of their lack of "credentials," keep in mind who the founders of our faith were.