The most important question we need to ask ourselves about the universities is: are they good places to know something? My introduction to this angle on epistemological questions came with my reading of Steve Fuller's work in social epistemology. He's now blogging on the related question of how to make the universities "safe for intellectual life". There is something provocative about that problem, isn't there? Are you more or less likely to encounter "intelligence" on a university campus than elsewhere in society. We'll be following along with interest.