I wish I could trust "academic experts". I really do. But all my experiences with academia and academics have been very disappointing.
Failed too many exams?
The first problem can be summed up with the old saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, research.". That's exactly what we see in academia: those who couldn't cut it outside of academia with their bachelor's degree end up back in academic circles, often for the rest of their lives. Academia provides a safe playpen for those who were below the standards of the real world.
LOL. Any given tenure track position has typically 30-100 applicants - and all of these are, of course, already PhDs. Grant applications have 5-30% acceptance rates, depending on the agency and program. There are few fields that are as competitive as academia.
The second problem, which is somewhat related to the first, is that many academics are completely out of touch with reality, and full of, for a lack of a better term, total bullshit. My background is in computer systems design.
Then you may have heard about, e.g. BSD Unix, RISC, SUN-1, X11, TCP/IP - all products of "useless academics".
The fourth problem is when you take all of the above and add money into the mix. That's when everything really goes to hell. This is a sure-fire way for even the sciences, which are generally among the least-inept of the academic subjects, to become highly politicized. It's no longer just about inept people doing inept research. Now it's about inept people doing inept research but always finding the "correct" results for politicians who need to legitimize otherwise illegitimate practices like carbon taxes and excessive and costly regulation.
So when such a flawed system provides results or information for my consideration, I have to take what they're saying with a very, very, very big spoonful of salt grains. None of it can be trusted, from the individual level all the way through to entire fields of study.
Pray tell us, what is your secret source of wisdom? How do you "know" these things about academia? Why do you trust these sources and what is their motivation? Who paid Fourier for nefariously discovering the greenhouse effect in 1824, or Arrhenius, who first quantified its effect on the atmospheric temperature in 1896 (and got close to current estimates on the climate sensitivity, but completely underestimated our release of CO2)?