There’s A Word for That: Agnotology

If you have been following any of the crises that plague the United States — the claim that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen; the OxyContin epidemic; the denial of climate change — you have a first row seat in the classroom of agnotology. Agnotology is defined as the study of intentional, culturally-induced ignorance or doubt. The word is formed by the Greek word agnosis (meaning “not knowning” or “unknown”) and the word-forming element -ology (meaning “branch of knowledge or science”). Quite often, ignorance or doubt is achieved by...