Do you dismiss people's ideas based on their age?
no. while older people may (or may not) have relevant life experience and learning under their belts, i know from experience that some pretty small children can come out with some pretty impressive and relevent ideas, veiwpoints and opinions on a range of subjects. i also think that sometimes not having had years of experience or time to build up resentments, absorb and come to believe externally based veiwpoints/propeganda, or develop a bias, skewed outlook and/or prejudice can mean a younger persons standpoint is more authentically their own, and more... hmm... real... genuine... honest.... untainted?
Do you give more weight to the views of someone you perceive as an "elder"?
i can't think of anyone that i perceive as an 'elder'. i know people who are 'older' (than me), and more experienced/knowledgeable in specific areas than me, but nobody who is universally profoundly wise like that. i've not really looked to anyone in that context since i was a small child. while i might ask certain people who i trust and feel close to for their veiws or opinions, i don't expect any universal wisdom from any one of them (regardlss of age or status), if i get something that makes sense and works for me, thats great!
Does age nearly always equal more experience with a given topic, and therefore more authority?
not at all. learning and understanding combine to create knowledge in my books. i know some seven year olds who are way more knowledgable on an individual or whole range of topics than some 70 year olds, and vice versa. just because you've been around longer, doesn't necesarily mean you've actually caught onto what i feel to be even some pretty basic stuff- not just book learning stuff- common sense and interpersonal/emotional/behavioural stuff too.
Conversely, I've noticed some people (generally people under 25) discounting the views of people in older generations because they don't think the older people understand their experiences.
i don't think many people my age understand (if you mean can empathise with, or relate to) my experiences either- they're not just related to age, but my personal perception of the world around me, my upbringing, lots of little pieces that build context, my personality and the personalities of those who i interact with- lots of things.
i don't neccesarily discount someones veiw/opinion due to their understanding or not of my experience, if i do discount it, its usually because it doesn't make sense (can be for lots of reasons), or because they're not being objective, logical, or rational (lots of people you ask for advice naturally tend to personalise their veiws and bring their own feelings and beliefs into it too much for me).
I've heard people over, say, 60, complain children and young adults do not respect their elders the way previous groups of children and young adults did. Is respect something we should give to all people regardless of age, and if so, is there a reason to respect all "elders" more than younger people before you get to know them and appreciate their views?
i try (try being the operative word!) to treat people universally courtiously. respect to me is about looking up to someone, as well as treating them with dignity and courtesy. i treat people with respect whom i know and personally appreciate, and whom i have found to be worthy of it. i see no point in treating old people with more respect automatically- why should i? to be blunt, should i do so, just because they've managed to hang around the planet for a lot more time than me, and not be dead yet? because they might
be wise, educated, experienced, warm, open, kind and jovial old folk? they might also be cantankerous, manipulative, un-educated, dull, rude, obnoxious old sods with limited life experience and little to no redeeming features. people tend to get the best degree of courtesy from me that i can muster, pretty universally. respect is another thing.