New PDF release: Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

By Robert N. Proctor

ISBN-10: 080475652X

ISBN-13: 9780804756525

ISBN-10: 9780804757

ISBN-13: 9789780804756

What do not we all know, and why do not we all know it? What retains lack of expertise alive, or permits it for use as a political device? Agnotology—the examine of ignorance—provides a brand new theoretical viewpoint to develop conventional questions on ''how we know'' to invite: Why do not we all know what we do not recognize? The essays assembled in Agnotology exhibit that lack of knowledge is usually greater than simply a lack of data; it may possibly even be the end result of cultural and political struggles. lack of information has a background and a political geography, yet there also are issues humans don't desire you to grasp (''Doubt is our product'' is the tobacco slogan). person chapters deal with examples from the nation-states of world weather switch, army secrecy, lady orgasm, environmental denialism, local American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial lack of knowledge, and extra. The objective of this quantity is to higher know how and why numerous types of realizing don't turn out to be, or have disappeared, or became invisible.

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T h e industry's inference w a s essentially: yes, w e lied, b u t n o b o d y b e l i e v e d us. F r a u d , it s e e m s , is n o t fraud if no o n e believes y o u . 30. (1986), 390. html, C l a r e n c e C o o k Little w a s scientific d i r e c t o r o f T I R C b u t " t o o k o r d e r s " from the T I on this o c c a s i o n . 3 1 . L o u i s H a r r i s , " M o s t Still D o u b t C i g a r e t t e s A r e M a j o r C a u s e o f C a n c e r , " W a s h i n g t o n Post, January 2, 1 9 6 7 , Bates 5 0 0 3 2 3 7 7 8 .

W i l l i a m P o u n d s t o n e , B i g Secrets: T h e Uncensored Truth a b o u t A l l Sorts of Stuff You Are N e v e r Supposed to K n o w ( N e w York: William M o r r o w , 1985). 24. See m y Cancer Wars: H o w Politics Shapes What We Know and Don't K n o w a b o u t C a n c e r ( N e w Y o r k : Basic B o o k s , 1 9 9 5 ) , esp. p . " 25. T h e PR firm of Hill a n d K n o w l t o n is often b l a m e d , b u t Paul H a h n , president of t h e A m e r i c a n T o b a c c o C o . , w a s surely i n v o l v e d ; see m y f o r t h c o m i n g G o l d e n H o l o c a u s t .

Hugo De Groot (1583-1645) Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. T h o m a s Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia ( 1 7 8 5 ) All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. M a r k Twain, December 2, 1887 Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will D u r a n t ( 1 8 8 5 - 1 9 8 1 ) Ignorance is strength. G e o r g e O r w e l l , 1984 Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

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