Academia is a Pyramid Scheme
by Asim Jalis It's interesting that academia is essentially a pyramid scheme. You publish a paper, and share your ideas. As more people cite your work your ideas become more valuable. As people cite the people that cite you, their work gains credibility, which in turn increases the credibility of your work. The people who originate a new field sit on top of the pyramid. Newton alludes to this pyramid when he says that he has stood on the shoulders of giants.