In the Guardian, Stéphane Foucart says some scientists foster public ignorance even as they aim to further public debate on a controversial subject. In 1992, Stanford University professor Robert Proctor coined the term "agnotology" to mean that society is much more interested in producing knowledge than learning the way ignorance is propagated. While it may seem abstract, Foucart says, this concept addresses many of the problems between science and society.

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