Leading thinkers in multiple academic disciplines have argued that dogmatism (rigid, narrow-minded, shortsighted, superficial thinking) is at least partially responsible for some of our most serious problems (e.g., rigid adherence to a particular inquiry paradigm or theory; unscrupulous exploitation of others; favoritism of our own identity group to the extent that we will tolerate or even participate in ethnic conflict and genocide; to name just a few).

In addition, some leading thinkers have said that a high level of intelligence does not make one immune to dogmatic insularity. To what extent are faculty at our university responsible for combating dogmatism? To what extent are we prone to it ourselves?