Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Agnotology is the study of ...?

Retraction Watch probably has enough to do dealing with the sedater pace of scientific publications without delving into the high speed, social media festooned, world of fake news. Recent electoral events have not only increased the interest in this topic but also introduced agnotology to a wider audience. Agnotology is the study of ignorance or lack of knowledge. A wider definition being the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly through the dissemination of inaccurate or misleading information. A topic whose time has come?

As Jonathan Swift so aptly wrote back in 1710: “Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believed only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…”

Slightly more than 140 characters.

15 comments:

  1. As time passes, people gets more busy and don't have time for their selves. For successful life education has its own importance. Many people don't get time to continue their education. But due to technological advances there are many ways to continue their education with their job. Distance learning programs and online education system is quite common now a days.http://www.how-todo.xyz/

    ReplyDelete
  2. If you want the more information about this study or different courses and fee packages all the information those are related to our school then visit our website for better information. For more information then call the local number of school. Personal Narrative Essay – Tell Your own Story Well

    ReplyDelete
  3. but you have to be very careful when choosing them. Some of them offer very low quality education. kenyan mba topics

    ReplyDelete
  4. Most understudies regularly start their readiness by taking a seat before the TV or informal lodging latently begin http://www.guides-montagne-pyrenees.com/guide-about-writing-research-paper.htm perusing a course book or effectively working out notes or finishing a task.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Exam. This word might repeatedly bounce in your head this week. Why not?http://pnwrs.org/top-essay-writer/ The semester is ending and paracetamol is the best-selling medicine.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The perfect motivation behind education is to encourage an indispensable advancement of the human individual cheap courses

    ReplyDelete
  7. In this cutting edge days, education isn't constrained in the four corners of the classroom. writemypapers.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I might want to thank you for the endeavors you have made in composing this article. I am trusting the same best work from you later on too.. تحصیل در انگلستان بدون مدرک زبان

    ReplyDelete
  9. Awesome website with awesome articles keeps up the good work.UK Research Paper Writing

    ReplyDelete
  10. It has to be handled with the best assistance and also with the fulfillment of products. You must get the best assistance from the shifting organizations because we need to shift always.
    cheap assignment writing service
    essay writing

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you for making the honest attempt to discuss this. I feel very strong about it and would like to learn more. If it’s OK, as you gain extra in depth knowledge, might you mind adding more articles very similar to this one with more information? It would be extraordinarily useful and useful for me and my friends.
    trusted essay writing services

    ReplyDelete
  12. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i’m happy to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don’t forget this website and give it a look regularly. singapore business chinese

    ReplyDelete
  13. Some genuinely good info , Gladiola I observed this. Saul Mishkin

    ReplyDelete
  14. Its fantastic as your other posts : D, appreciate it for putting up. micro consulting

    ReplyDelete
  15. The information you have posted is very useful. The sites you have referred was good. Thanks for sharing.. https://typicalstudent.org/

    ReplyDelete