(59) Londa Schiebinger has proposed the creation of an entire branch of study devoted to the examination of purposely forgotten knowledge to be named "agnotology
" and based on her extensive research on early modern abortifacients and the European pharmacopoeia that erased them.
(2) As noted by Segal (2008), the ubiquitous conventional breast cancer narratives presented in much public discourse, which feature the upbeat attitude of a survivor who refuses to let her spirits dampen in the face of an unexpected health crisis, can be understood through the lens of "agnotology
," theorized by Londa Schiebinger and Robert Proctor (2005) as the "study of the cultural production of ignorance" (qtd.
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.
Proctor and Londa Schiebinger, eds., Agnotology
: the Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008).
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
. Agnotologists seek answers to Millstone's question.
Proctor R (2008) Agnotology
: A missing term to describe the cultural production of ignorance (and its study).
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.
The breakthrough modifies the social construction of knowledge paradigm and adds to it a quest for understanding the social construction of ignorance, or, as some have dubbed the sub-field, agnotology
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.