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Coined by Robert N. Proctor[1], deriving from the Neoclassical Greek word ἄγνωσις (ἄgnosis, not knowing), compare ἄγνωτος (ágnōtos), and -λογία (-logía).


agnotology (uncountable)

  1. The study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Agnotology: the making and unmaking of ignorance, page 6:
      Our interest here, though, is less in remediation than in what Nancy Tuana has called the "liberatory moment"—which brings us to a more subtle form of agnatology


  1. ^ Arenson, Karen W.. "What Organizations Don't Want to Know Can Hurt", New York Times, 2006-08-22.