The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Book - 2008
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Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780804756525
Branch Call Number: 001/AGNOTOLOGY
Characteristics: viii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 16, 2017

Parts of this book could almost be a parody of academic "discourse"--excuse me --I mean language, and --surprise! all the examples reflect a certain political bias. There is nothing about the willful ignorance about the famine and political oppression in the Soviet Union and Mao's China; nothing about the Muslim attacks on Italy, Spain, Greece, Southern France from the 7th century through the 11th centuries, a detail that is left out when writing about the wicked imperialist Crusades.

Sep 21, 2014

Update: Perfect example of this is the following sentence, incomprensible to the vast majority of sheeple Americans:
President Obama was playing nth-level chess after all, only on behalf of Wall Street - - his failure to ever invoke mediation, which would have gotten most, if not all, of his financial legislation passed, worked out to bring about a majority Republican congress, which was needed to pass his Trans-Pacific Partnership, resulting in a hefty payday after he exits the Oval Office. [Mediation is the procedure the VP invokes at the behest of the prez, reducing the majority requiredment to only one vote, as opposed to the normal 2/3's vote, only works for financial legislation.]
Reading this book side-by-side with Lance DeHaven-Smith's book, Conspiracy Theory in America can be most invigorating.
Perfect example of what the learned author is illustrating is the prevalence of idiotic and moronic Americans forever aruging in favor of the // lone gunman \\ fantasy, without ever having read the highly fanciful Warren Commission Report --- the arugment of the illiterate!

Feb 05, 2014

Esoteric definitions combined with factual evidence and revealing details. Egnorance is not merely not knowing, but must include: secrecy, hidden truths, misinformation ( a nice word for lies), guessing (probability), and so on. Relies on topics like: tobacco, climate, archeology, medicines, and so on. The references bring ever better focus on many topics. In some ways depressing, for, how does truth prevail, how does reason and logic win, when those latter are constrained by generalizational rules. Man seeks knowledge, like some automotom to what purpose. Best advice to take from this, is not alll is at it seems. And, what your information is, may not be, and may be a lie; or a truth too devastating to change.


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