Is Academia (Like) a Religion?

Introduction

Scholars are practitioners of academia. Many people, initially in the West and eventually globally, have had a millennium to imagine the knowledge and research that are data for academia, which is solely the creation of scholars’ studies. It is created for scholars’ analytic purposes by their imaginative acts of comparison and generalization, and transmitted through teacher-student lineages by people who value the pursuit of truth(s). Specialized research produces an evolution of knowledge that impacts and is impacted by society.  For this reason, practitioners, i.e. academics, must be relentlessly self-conscious. Indeed, this self-consciousness should constitute their primary expertise, their foremost object of study.