Definitions

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  • n. The study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.

Etymologies

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Coined by Robert N. Proctor, deriving from the Neoclassical Greek word ἄγνωσις (agnōsis, "not knowing"), cf. ἄγνωτος (agnōtos), and -λογία (-logia).

Examples

  • Proctor has developed a new word "agnotology" which he defines as "the study of culturally constructed ignorance."

    Dakota Today

  • Dr. Proctor specializes in the history of 20th - and 21st-century scientific controversies, including the history of tobacco and "agnotology,", the study of the cultural production of ignorance and doubt

    Center for Media and Democracy - Publishers of PR Watch

  • To understand it we must turn to agnotology, the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt.

    David Roberts: What We Have and Haven't Learned From 'Climategate'

  • He has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology .

    Clive Thompson on How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge

  • He has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The rhetoric of those pushing nonsense on the public in an attempt to confuse rather than illuminate — the phrase is “agnotology” – only serves to aid the lobbyists working on behalf of the Banks and Investment houses to maintain the status quo.

    VDARE.com: Blog Articles » Print » Blusterin’ Barry

  • The rhetoric of those pushing nonsense on the public in an attempt to confuse rather than illuminate — the phrase is “agnotology” – only serves to aid the lobbyists working on behalf of the Banks and Investment houses to maintain the status quo. ..

    Mr. Ritholtz replies: “They are cogent arguments …”

  • In 2009, highlights included squelette (an abandoned, incomplete high-rise; or any building that is a ruin because it was never completed) and agnotology (the study of culturally constructed ignorance).

    Boston.com Most Popular

  • Many Americans trust experts in their own turf, but several topics are subject to well-organized agnotology i.e., attempts to produce ignorance or at least doubt.

    RealClimate

  • [Proctor] has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology.

    Cara Community

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