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"The problem is that almost all experts have such sources of bias."

Almost all people have such sources of bias. Except in extreme cases, the expert's bias is not clearly worse than the average individual's. The funding sources exception I was mostly thinking of was political think tanks which can vary in quality. But there are plenty of academics that don't work at think tanks.

"Are they ignoring experts, or do they listen to the wrong experts?"

I would consider an expert to be someone with several years of graduate-level formal schooling in their specialty. Some experts don't have this training, but these individuals seem more rare. Experts are not hard to find; you will find them regularly quoted in any major newspaper. I seem to encounter a lot more examples of people specifically downplaying formal specialists' opinions when hearing them than of people being surprised by information they were unaware of and then changing their views accordingly. The "wrong experts" are usually not experts, and frequently those "wrong experts" will specifically state right from the start: "now I'm no expert, but..."






But there are plenty of academics that don't work at think tanks.

Academics who work at government institutions or private universities are also very vulnerable to pressure from their colleagues, university authorities and funding sources.
I would consider an expert to be someone with several years of graduate-level formal schooling in their specialty.

I donít think you mean just any graduate-level formal schooling (that would make someone with a PhD in theology an expert on how to optimize an afterlife experience).
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Experts are not hard to find; you will find them regularly quoted in any major newspaper.
Being quoted in newspapers has a lot to do with issues that have nothing to do with real expertise.
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