Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

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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