agnotology

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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).

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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

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  1. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (2006-08-22), “What Organizations Don't Want to Know Can Hurt”, in New York Times[1]