Without question this is true. Of course a large army of somewhat highly talented technicions collect PHDs whose value is obsolete before the ink dries. Not one of them could show their face in a truly advanced seminar focused on advanced thinking.
Consider. If you produce truly original thought as i do over and over again, just who represents your peer group? The reason i ask that is that an original idea will be naturally and automatically dismissed by any mind close at hand to the problem in question. It is one thing to massage an accepted body of thought forward to gain acceptance, quite another to dismiss it all and kick it to the side.
Academia And The Tragedy of The Smart Kids