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You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Published on 11/29/2018
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Willful ignorance is the state and practice of ignoring any sensory input that appears to contradict one's inner model of reality. At heart, it is almost certainly driven by confirmation bias. Willful ignorance is most assurely indoctrinated and conditioned from birth to grave. 

A classic example of indoctrination and conditioning is clearly and concisely demonstrated in this brief e-talk presentation.

Willful ignorance differs from ordinary “ignorance“ — when someone is simply unaware of something — in that willfully ignorant people are fully aware of facts, resources and sources, but refuse to acknowledge them. Indeed, calling someone "ignorant" shouldn’t really be a pejorative, but intentional and willful  ignorance is an entirely different matter. In practice though, the word "ignorance" has often come to mean "willful ignorance", and indeed, in many non-English languages, the word based on the same stem ("ignore") actually carries that meaning.

Willful ignorance is sometimes referred to as tactical stupidity.

Depending on the nature and strength of an individual's pre-existing beliefs, willful ignorance can manifest itself in different ways. The practice can entail completely disregarding established facts, evidence and/or reasonable opinions if they fail to meet one's expectations. Often the willfully ignorant will make excuses, claiming that a source is unreliable, suggesting that an experiment was flawed or asserting that an opinion is too biased. More often than not this is simple circular reasoning: “I cannot agree with that source because it is untrustworthy because it disagrees with me”.

In other slightly more extreme cases, willful ignorance can involve outright refusal to read, hear or study, in any way, anything that does not conform to the willfully ignorant person's worldview. 

With regard to oneself, this can even extend to fake locked-in syndrome with complete unresponsiveness. Or with regard to others, to outright censorship of the material from others.

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People need to be aware that willful ignorance is a mechanism that protects the psyche from becoming unable to function in situations that the person is unable to handle. An individual can never accept its whole reality being meaningless or making no sense, as that would make it impossible to act towards any goal. Forcing an individual into such a state has psychologically been found to be comparable to the death of the higher developed parts of the psyche from an outside perspective.

This means that the morally right way to treat such individuals is not to judge them, ridicule or attack them, but to help them to be able to accept reality again. This is most easily accomplished by offering a way to transition without having to give up their own pride and sense of reality, by starting out with the individual's own model of reality, and then slowly charting the way towards actual observed reality by fitting every piece inside of it in a sensible fashion that offers improved abilities to predict the future (which would not be difficult, since that is by definition guaranteed).

Example: Religious teaching slowly progressing from a concept of “God decides what happens next. We need to propitiate the deity.” to “God created the laws of physics and logic.” Thus, allowing them to think in terms of logic and physics, while still not calling their old concepts bad, and some will come into harmony with reality again.

Unfortunately, there often is a circumstance where entrenched willful ignorance cannot be tolerated or babied anymore and it's better for society (and the "victim") to buck up and illuminate the truth without sugar coating it. See the successful approach of de-nazification. It's often up to the rationalist to evaluate whether the cause that's being fought for  is too urgent to spare the feelings/self-esteem of the willfully ignorant. Beware the backfire effect can be  daunting.

 

About Dr. Dorothy:

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D Metaphysican and International Best Selling Author is a recognized authority on bridging Science and Human Potential. Dr. Dorothy provides comprehensive protocols to discover and transform the root cause for issues and diagnoses. Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Transformation combines creating health while healing past mental, emotional, and physical distress.

      
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