How Ignorance Is Produced & Maintained In Our Society
Article Introduction (Via Stanford University)
In his recent book, Agnotology, Robert Proctor (historian of Science at Stanford University) examines how ignorance is produced and maintained in our society. The ideas that Proctor presents in his book are gaining recognition, as the author was interviewed in Wired Magazine about the concept of agnotology.
Agnotology is defined as the study of ignorance, according to Proctor. His book looks at a wide range of intriguing intellectual concepts and fields of study which Proctor thinks have faded into the background; from global climate change to military secrecy; from female orgasm to Native American paleontology.
Why is it that knowledge seems to be at a standstill these days? Proctor attributes it not only to a generally uniformed public, but to the suppression of truth as well.”
But ignorance also comes from people literally suppressing truth—or drowning it out—or trying to make it so confusing that people stop caring about what’s true and what’s not.
Proctors book is filled with examples of the ignorance of society and the knowledge-suppressing clash of different points of view.