Knowledge, ignorance and the popular culture: climate change versus the ozone hole

  title={Knowledge, ignorance and the popular culture: climate change versus the ozone hole},
  author={S. Ungar},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  pages={297 - 312}
  • S. Ungar
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • Public Understanding of Science
This paper begins with the “knowledge-ignorance paradox”—the process by which the growth of specialized knowledge results in a simultaneous increase in ignorance. It then outlines the roles of personal and social motivations, institutional decisions, the public culture, and technology in establishing consensual guidelines for ignorance. The upshot is a sociological model of how the “knowledge society” militates against the acquisition of scientific knowledge. Given the assumption of widespread… Expand
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