Re: "university education"
"unfortunately being an idiot doesn't stop you from studying pharmacy or medicine these days"
These days? How old is Ben Carson?
Degrees have got very compartmentalised, and I think that's the problem. You can be a semiconductor engineer, say, without knowing how what you know fits in with particle physics, thus astrophysics and the Big Bang.
I came across a physicist not long ago - and I swear I am not making this up - who did not know that holes are not the same thing as positrons. That compartmentalised.