Agnotology

Agnotology

The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Book - 2008
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What don't we know, and why don't we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology--the study of ignorance--provides a new theoretical perspective to broaden traditional questions about "how we know" to ask: Why don't we know what we don't know? The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles. Ignorance has a history and a political geography, but there are also things people don't want you to know ("Doubt is our product" is the tobacco industry slogan). Individual chapters treat examples from the realms of global climate change, military secrecy, female orgasm, environmental denialism, Native American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial ignorance, and more. The goal of this volume is to better understand how and why various forms of knowing do not come to be, or have disappeared, or have become invisible.
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780804759014
0804759014
9780804756525
080475652X
Branch Call Number: 001/AGNOTOLOGY
Characteristics: viii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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StarGladiator
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!

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delfon
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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