Word for the day “Agnotology”

Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. ~ Wikipedia

“A further subdivision of agnotology as strategic ploy involves the deliberate obfuscation of public debate by generating false uncertainty. A classic example of this comes from the tobacco lobby, which for so long sowed seeds of doubt in the public imagination in response to the increasingly sophisticated scientific evidence linking its products to lung cancer (for a review, see Christensen, 2008) A phrase from an internal memo from 1973 captures the intention of the industry’s response:
“Doubt is our product” (Ibid.: 268). More recently, corporate interests with a financial incentive to spreading doubt regarding climate change have employed similar tactics (see Monbiot, 2006; 2009).” ~ Paul Hallows

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