“You should have no other gods before me.”
Among the Ten Commandments, the first thing God sought to prohibit in the nation of Israel was idolatry. Idolatry includes the worship of statues and inanimate objects, but it also includes excessive attachment, veneration, and reverence for any person other than the Lord.
I believe God did that because He knew men would be tempted to defer their judgment and reasoning to the experts. Based on their academic accomplishment, based on the numbers of letters behind their names, we would accept their opinions as facts.
But remember, the Bible tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you fear God, you have a leg up on the competition.