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Ignorance – The tool of many…

15 February 2013, 12:00

Definition of Ignorant

ig·no·rant  /'ign?r?nt/AdjectiveLacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: "ignorant of astronomy".Synonymsilliterate - nescient - unlettered – unlearned

As we want to discuss and illustrate the true meaning of the word we have to visit a few places to make us truly aware of all the aspects of this “blanket term”

“Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge).[1] 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.”

This is what I don’t understand. I don’t see ignorant as an insult, but focus on that the person saying it to one, wants to share some “wisdom” that one doesn’t necessarily have.  For the benefit of all, I want us to focus of the part above “INDIVIDUALS WHO DELIBERATELY IGNORE OR DISREGARD IMPORTANT INFORMATION OR FACTS” So when people disregard information, which is against your belief or dogma, based on your feelings or just the plain reject of it because it weakens your views it is  seen as “ignorant”.

“The legal principle that ignorantia juris non excusat, literally "ignorance of the law is no excuse", stands for the proposition that the law applies also to those who are unaware of it.”

This is very important, since we can’t claim this defense when we realized we have gone the wrong route, regardless of the view ( religious/ scientific/philosophical etc etc)

“Ignorance can stifle learning, in that a person who falsely believes he or she is knowledgeable will not seek out clarification of his or her beliefs, but rather rely on his or her ignorant position. He or she may also reject valid but contrary information, neither realizing its importance nor understanding it. This concept is elucidated in Justin Kruger's and David Dunning's work, "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments," otherwise known as the Dunning–Kruger effect.”

Ignorance strives learning, like taking just on version of information as facts. An example is that most atheists prefer the King James Version, the reason for being most “English Correct” In Rubicon, which I visited, we agreed on the New American Standard Bible, when we refer to Biblical explanations and interpretations of verses. Another example is when a person uses only sources biased towards his view/s, and reject the other without investigating them for truthfulness and correctness of the information. Who can say they do not read an evaluated information from the other side. My previous article I used information found on a pro atheist forum  which explained Epicurus and his little paradox and also the irrelevance of it to for example to the God as mentioned in the Bible.

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.[

This is quite important to know. Atheists mostly always state that especially Christians are deluded, brain dead, and mind virus controlled because they refuse to move out their own security and to question their faith. They say no person is more superior to another, as there is no moral act that a Christian can do, that another person can also do. Very true, it depends on how much we twist our morality to suit our view and avoid responsibilities of our actions. How many articles have not be written showing that countries where atheism is high, the crime rate is low, and peace index is high. Many more article on that atheist are more learned, well educated, and usually have a superior income or own their own businesses  and studies shown that they have bigger brains  etc where the religious or poor, uneducated and have to work for minimum wages and starving in most places. Are the atheists implying that once we rid ourselves of God, all this unequalness will disappear, and suffering will end?

Let go deeper into the ignorance cave…

“Rational ignorance occurs when the cost of educating oneself on an issue exceeds the potential benefit that the knowledge would provide.”

 “Ignorance about an issue is said to be "rational" when the cost of educating oneself about the issue sufficiently to make an informed decision can outweigh any potential benefit one could reasonably expect to gain from that decision, and so it would be irrational to waste time doing so.”

Maybe that is why people don’t investigate the opposite side and dismiss it as fictional or untruths. It seem to be an issue that they are more controlled by their emotions that considering the errors of the views, the “bending” of the information to make them appear irrational and immoral. An obvious response to this is name-calling, spelling and grammar rather than addressing the issue at hand. Is it because their argument is weak and failing? 

“Purpose intent and knowledge intent in many situations in the United States, a person is considered to have acted with intent if the definitions of purpose and/or knowledge are satisfied. In other situations (especially regarding specific intent crimes that have "with intent to" in their definition), intent may be considered to refer to purpose only. Quite arguably, the most influential legal definitions of purpose and knowledge come from the Model Penal Code's definitions of mens rea.”

Do read this very informative view, as it gives one a new perception on why the ignorant person reacts or believe the way he/she does…

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