A Dialog with Ignorance

  • Michael Smithson
Part of the Cognitive Science book series (COGNITIVE SCIEN)


What are we to make of the recent intellectual ferment over ignorance? Clearly its explanation presents a fascinating problem in social psychological history, and the social psychological study of science in particular. While we are far from being able to obtain a complete account, I should like to suggest what such an account might look like. After all, this problem should hold more than the promise of intellectual interest; the more we know about why we are collectively and individually preoccupied with ignorance, the more able we will be to adopt mindful strategies and choices regarding ignorance.


Framing Effect Preference Pattern Loss Condition Gain Condition Normative Framework 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Smithson
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesJames Cook University of North QueenslandTownsvilleAustralia

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