Title: Desire for ignorance: We do not know the things we decide and why

Author: Renata Salkel

Translator: Narges Hassan Lee

Publisher: Burj

Subject: Self-deception

Age category: All ages

Number of pages: 184

Language: Farsi

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“A PASSION FOR IGNORANCE:What We Choose Not to Know and Why” is a work by Renata Salkel, first published in 2020.

Slovenian philosopher and sociologist Renata Salkel, using her popular works, academic research and experiences, provides a clever and multifaceted exploration of social and psychological motivations for ignorance or denial of truth in human society. he does.

How do people try to avoid unpleasant information and facts by maintaining their ignorance?
And how do different societies always find new ways to deny information that might question power structures and ideological mechanisms? Salkel states that knowing anxiety has increased due to easy access to information online. People feel they have to specialize in everything now, including deciding on a healthy lifestyle and even medical treatment. But it is clear that expertise in all areas is impossible.

Excerpts from the book A PASSION FOR IGNORANCE:What We Choose Not to Know and Why

Ignorance can be thought of in two ways. The meaning we give to this word is related to lack of knowledge or lack of desire to know; At the same time, the second meaning is related to relationships, for example, we decide to ignore or refuse to pay attention to a particular behavior or person.
But there is a fundamental difference between the act of ignoring something and the state of real ignorance of it, although the two seem very similar and even identical. To ignore something is to deny its importance or its very existence.
In contrast, being ignorant of something involves a lack of awareness of its real or even possible presence or meaning in the world.
Ignorance, whether active or passive, conscious or unconscious, has always been part of the human condition. What has happened in our post-factual and post-industrial world is that we are often overwhelmed by the constant flow of information and misinformation.

Sometimes it seems impossible to distinguish truth from falsehood, and as a result the idea of ​​specialization is rejected and the number of people who decide not to know increases. The dangers of such a situation are obvious, but Salkel challenges our assumptions and says that ignorance may have a positive side, and given the role of ignorance in society, we may be able to return knowledge to its original place.

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