First off, my last post was responding to only the parts of your post I quoted. The two anecdotes you originally mentioned were clearly about people who were being jerks (although we only have one side of each story). I don't condone the way they reacted to you and others that were helping them. I mostly only had an issue with:
For in fact, a very intelligent person who knows how to get their hands dirty is vastly superior to a person who merely thinks.
A person can be a Nobel Laureate, yet if his car blows a fuse in the desert, he'll die just like anyone else who doesn't know how to fix it.
The first statement clearly shows you saying that an intelligent person with blue collar skills is vastly superior to someone with more cerebral skills. Most of my response was arguing against this point. You didn't just say those with hands-on skills were just as valuable, you said they were vastly superior. It was a very egotistical statement. No less egotistical than if I said my ability to write software is vastly superior to a mechanic's ability to fix my car.
Dear sir, you are getting your stories mixed up, not to mention you might want to go back to read what I wrote. [...] And she was an artist, not a Nobel Laureate.
As I said above, I was not referring to your anecdote about the artist. I was only referring to your comments about Nobel Laureates that cannot change their own spark plugs (and don't carry spares while traveling in the desert). I read and understood your post just fine.
There is a major difference between you and I. I have never ever found gaining knowledge of anything to be a waste of my time.
It lacks a lot of imagination to believe gaining knowledge is never a waste of time. Would learning all the cheat codes for all original Nintendo games be a good use of your time? What about if you don't even like video games? If you can understand why that would be a waste of time, you should also be able to see why learning how to rebuild an engine is also a waste of time for someone who hates that type of work. Even if I knew how to do it I would still pay someone else to do it (and simply getting a second or third opinion is more than good enough to stop a mechanic from swindling me).
I don't find those topics unimportant now. I just find others more important and I believe they teach me skills that make me more valuable. I don't think my route is more superior than yours, but I resent your implication that your route is superior to mine. I hate working with my hands, other than some hobbyist electronics / robotics work, but I don't think that has any negative impact on my worth. I still think outside of the box just fine and have a very wide range of skills.