The John J. Reilly Center presents Martin Carrier from Universität Bielefeld. Agnotology concerns the creation and preservation of confusion and ignorance. Certain positions are advocated in order to promote economic, political, or metaphysical interests with the result of creating mock controversies or maintaining unjustified agreement. I propose to identify agnotological ploys by examining the discrepancy between the conclusions suggested by the design of a study and the conclusions actually drawn or intimated.
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