Our primitive nature seeks to form a herd to survive the environment. The herd is stabilized by enforcing uniformity of mind, body, and speech upon its members. Whether we call the enforced standard a paradigm, institution, culture, religion, or cult, this primitive quality is fundamentally sectarian. It is in this regard interesting to note that the words "cult" and "culture" are etymologically entwined. This fundamental sectarian quality of the innate, primal group-based survival instinct was what underlay the violent, persecuting Christian church, but is also fully active within the academical paradigm. In the words of the persecuted scientist Robert O. Becker in "The Body Electric" (William Morrow Paperbacks):
"I've taken the trouble to recount my experience in detail for two reasons. Obviously, I want to tell people about it because it makes me furious. More important, I want the general public to know that science isn't run the way they read about it in the newspapers and magazines. I want lay people to understand that they cannot automatically accept scientists' pronouncements at face value, for too often they're self-serving and misleading. I want our citizens, nonscientists as well as investigators, to work to change the way research is administered. The way it's currently funded and evaluated, we're learning more and more about less and less, and science is becoming our enemy instead of our friend... The present system is in effect a dogmatic religion with a self-perpetuating priesthood dedicated only to preserving the current orthodoxies. The system rewards the sycophant and punishes the visionary to a degree unparalleled in the four-hundred-year history of modern science."
Academics suffer from intelligent ignorance, with which this primitive sectarian quality practices sophisticated, automatic denial towards everything and everyone that affects the standards of academical orthodoxy. This is in effect just parochial, primitive territorialism extended into the realm of the intellect. This enforces tremendous censorship upon our authentic human self-awareness, upon our awareness of history and of the universe.