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Public Understanding of Ignorance as Critical Science Literacy

Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Academic Editor: David González-Gómez
Sustainability 2022, 14(10), 5920; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105920
Received: 7 April 2022 / Revised: 5 May 2022 / Accepted: 11 May 2022 / Published: 13 May 2022
We are largely ignorant. At least, there are many more things we are ignorant of than knowledgeable of. Yet, the common perception of ignorance as a negative trait has left it rather unloved in debates around making knowledge public, including science communication in its various guises. However, ignorance is a complex and essential part of science; it performs a number of legitimate roles, and is performed in a range of legitimate ways within science. In this paper, I argue that it is vital to understand when ignorance is an appropriate, legitimate part of the scientific process, and when ignorance is misused or abused in science. I argue that understanding ignorance is a central aspect of public understanding of science, especially in terms critical science literacy. Critical science literacy argues that more than simply an understanding of scientific facts and processes, a key component of what scientific literacy should aim for is an understanding of the tacit knowledge of science. I present a typology of ignorance and argue that fostering a greater public understanding of ignorance is a rarely acknowledged, yet essential, aspect of making science public, and that it is a challenge that those engaged in and committed to better public understanding of science should take very seriously. View Full-Text
Keywords: public understanding of science; critical science literacy; agnotology; ignorance; science communication public understanding of science; critical science literacy; agnotology; ignorance; science communication
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Medvecky, F. Public Understanding of Ignorance as Critical Science Literacy. Sustainability 2022, 14, 5920. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105920

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Medvecky F. Public Understanding of Ignorance as Critical Science Literacy. Sustainability. 2022; 14(10):5920. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105920

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Medvecky, Fabien. 2022. "Public Understanding of Ignorance as Critical Science Literacy" Sustainability 14, no. 10: 5920. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105920

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