I for a very long while have been stumped by rational peoples' stubbornness to change their views in the face of hard facts until now when I came across agnotology defined as 'a branch of science which looks at the ways in which doubt or ignorance about certain subjects is created.
Apparently, there are a bunch of strategies which verge from clever and complex to downright simple when applying agnotology.
Naomi Oreskes, whose work examines corporate attempts to inflate uncertainties in the sciences of climate change and public health, uses a term coined by the historian of science Robert Proctor to describe the study of culturally induced uncertainty: agnotology
Drawing on historian Robert ProctorAEs approach to the systematic study of ignorance, or what he calls agnotology
, Angulo cites three categories for defining the parameters of agnotology
: native, passive, and active.
The answer may lie in agnotology, the study of the cultural suppression of knowledge.
Epistemology is the study of what knowledge is and how it is acquired; Proctor proposed, half-jokingly it seems, that agnotology was the opposite.
has emerged from the work of historians of science interested in distortions of knowledge and the deliberate diffusion of ignorance about such topics as tobacco, asbestos, and climate change.
Paul Gilroy uses the concept of agnotology
in order to describe the patterned forms of ignorance present in the Nordic countries.