AGNOTOLOGY THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF IGNORANCE PDF

Ignorance, though, is more complex than this. It has a distinct and changing political geography that is often an excellent indicator of the politics of knowledge. We need a political agnotology to complement our political epistemologies". He connected the two seemingly unrelated topics by noting the lack of geologic knowledge and study of agate since its first known description by Theophrastus in BC, relative to the extensive research on other rocks and minerals such as diamonds , asbestos , granite , and coal , all of which have much higher commercial value. He said agate was a "victim of scientific disinterest", the same "structured apathy" he called "the social construction of ignorance". Betancourt argues that this political economy should be termed "agnotologic capitalism" because the systemic production and maintenance of ignorance is a major feature that enables the economy to function as it allows the creation of a "bubble economy".

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Ignorance, though, is more complex than this. It has a distinct and changing political geography that is often an excellent indicator of the politics of knowledge. We need a political agnotology to complement our political epistemologies". He connected the two seemingly unrelated topics by noting the lack of geologic knowledge and study of agate since its first known description by Theophrastus in BC, relative to the extensive research on other rocks and minerals such as diamonds , asbestos , granite , and coal , all of which have much higher commercial value.

He said agate was a "victim of scientific disinterest", the same "structured apathy" he called "the social construction of ignorance".

Betancourt argues that this political economy should be termed "agnotologic capitalism" because the systemic production and maintenance of ignorance is a major feature that enables the economy to function as it allows the creation of a "bubble economy". He states that The creation of systemic unknowns where any potential "fact" is always already countered by an alternative of apparently equal weight and value renders engagement with the conditions of reality — the very situations affective labor seeks to assuage — contentious and a source of confusion, reflected by the inability of participants in bubbles to be aware of the imminent collapse until after it has happened.

The biopolitical paradigm of distraction, what [Juan Martin] Prada calls "life to enjoy", can only be maintained if the underlying strictures remain hidden from view. If affective labor works to reduce alienation, agnotology works to eliminate the potential for dissent. Agnoiology[ edit ] A similar word from the same Greek roots, agnoiology, meaning "the science or study of ignorance, which determines its quality and conditions" [19] or "the doctrine concerning those things of which we are necessarily ignorant" [20] describes a branch of philosophy studied by James Frederick Ferrier in the 19th century.

A more accurate term for such writing would be "ainigmology", from the root ainigma as in "enigma" ; in Greek this refers to riddles or to language that obscures the true meaning of a story. Instead it may be allowing many people to cherry-pick information in blogs or news that reinforces their existing beliefs.

There is conflicting evidence on how television viewing affects value formation and intelligence. Cognitronics is studying and looking for the ways of improving cognitive mechanisms of processing information and developing emotional sphere of the personality - the ways aiming at compensating three mentioned shifts in the systems of values and, as an indirect consequence, for the ways of developing symbolic information processing skills of the learners, linguistic mechanisms, associative and reasoning abilities, broad mental outlook being important preconditions of successful work practically in every sphere of professional activity in information society.

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