The very purpose of academia is to dive deep into ideologies of a particular kind. This can be a dangerous recipe in our world.
People are required to specialize, yet the nature of man is to look for first principals. First PRINCIPLES are not truly first principles in academia. Academia requires loose connections between cause and effect with huge gaps of incomprehensible variables in between. When the relationship between differing parts of the universe are established on this basis, they are not indisputable timeless facts. They may work for now, but if I may steal one of the academy’s ideas, the universe is constantly changing. Just because you can observe a large picture of cause and effect, doesn’t mean you understand the inner parts of things which creates the cause and effect.
Ideologies, academia, these are the same things. These concepts are beautiful because of where they arise from, but we must be careful not to look at ourselves with such grandiose style as to attribute too much value to any one idea.
We cannot look at the universe as static. Humans are very prone to look at sciences as universal PRINCIPLES that can be applied to all aspects of life. These minds are of the most prone to becoming dangerous ideologues because of their curiosity and desire to affix things to specific designated locations.
Humans, as children and all the way until they find a linear identity in adulthood are struggling to find a way to take all of the loose information in their heads and turn it into organized, predictable sequences that can be repeated and always make sense. It is in a sense the desire to hypnotize ourselves. We want to become enamored with the world in spite of reality.
The most dangerous thought process of an academic is the one that decides it has been wrong precisely once. This must of course at some point be a phase of existence to pass through, but a desire to stay in this state of the ego is a tell tale sign of an incubating ideologue and a potentially incredibly dangerous human being. That is, with regards to morality anyways.
The truly great academic is the one who demands that he himself is always wrong, yet still insists on constantly asserting present notions of what is absolute and timelessly true. This is the best test of an idea. It is to test the very most human hypothesis. It is to move forward in truth while all-the-while acknowledging the inherent farce that is the universe.