What is ignorance?

  • (noun): The lack of knowledge or education.


Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge). The word ignorant is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often used as an insult to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts. Ignoramus is commonly used in the US, the UK, and Ireland as a term for someone who is willfully ignorant.

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Some articles on ignorance:

Sammaditthi Sutta - Post-canonical Commentary - Beginningless samsara
... of the taints there is the arising of ignorance, and with the arising of ignorance there is the arising of the taints ... Thus the taints are a condition for ignorance, and ignorance is a condition for the taints ... Having shown this, (it follows that) no first point of ignorance is manifest, and because none is manifest the undiscoverability of any beginning of samsara is proven ...
Criticism Of Islamism - Islamist Interpretation of Sharia - Ignorance
... Dale C ... Eikmeier points out the "questionable religious credentials" of many Islamist theorists, or "Qutbists," which can be a "means to discredit them and their message" With the exception of Abul Ala Maududi and Abdullah Azzam, none of Qutbism’s main theoreticians trained at Islam’s recognized centers of learning ...
Lhündrub Tögal - The Basis
... distinguish whether this neutral awareness is one or multiple.) This non-recognition was the innate ignorance ... “self” and “other” was the imputing ignorance ... This ignorance started sentient beings and samsara (even without non-virtue having been committed) ...
Consequences of Ignorance
... As Charles Darwin observed, "ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." Ignorance can stifle learning, in that a person who falsely believes he or she is knowledgeable ...
... A prime example of the deliberate production of ignorance cited by Proctor is the tobacco industry's conspiracy to manufacture doubt about the cancer risks ... Some of the root causes for culturally induced ignorance are media neglect, corporate or governmental secrecy and suppression, document destruction, and myriad forms of inherent or avoidable culturopolitical ...

Famous quotes containing the word ignorance:

    Infallibility and invincible ignorance are the same thing.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    It is impossible you should see this,
    Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,
    As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross
    As ignorance made drunk.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    There is a chasm between knowledge and ignorance which the arches of science can never span.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)