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Ignorance

See also Stupidity.
Am ha-Arez
those negligent in or unobservant of Torah study. [Judaism: Wigoder, 26]
avidya
ignorance as cause of suffering through desire. [Hindu Phil.: Parrinder, 36]
Deane, Lucy
unaware of fiancé Stephen’s obvious relationship with Maggie. [Br. Lit.: The Mill on the Floss]
Dunsmen
opposers of Renaissance learning (14th century); hence, dunce. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 116]
Islayev, Arkady
so entrenched in work, oblivious to wife’s infidelities. [Russ. Lit.: A Month in the Country]
It Pays to Be Ignorant
panelists fail to answer such questions as “Which player on a baseball team wears a catcher’s mask?” [Am. Radio: Buxton, 120]
Lennie
big, strong, simple-minded ranch hand. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men, Magill I, 672–674]
Newman, Alfred E.
cartoon character personifying ignorance as bliss: “What, me worry?” [Comics: “Mad” in Horn, 442]
Parable of the Cave
cave dwellers see only the shadows of reality. [Gk. Phil.: Republic]
Peppermint Patty
cartoon character habitually stumped by teacher and forever failing exams. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 543]
Scarecrow
goes to Wizard of Oz to get brains. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
Schweik
cheerful, feeble-minded character; the antithesis of German militarism. [Czech Lit.: The Good Soldier: Schweik, Magill IV, 390–392]
Sweat Hogs
class of incorrigible students majoring in remedial education. [TV: “Welcome Back, Kotter” in Terrace, II, 423]
References in classic literature ?
And, in fine, of false sciences I thought I knew the worth sufficiently to escape being deceived by the professions of an alchemist, the predictions of an astrologer, the impostures of a magician, or by the artifices and boasting of any of those who profess to know things of which they are ignorant.
We are profoundly ignorant of the causes producing slight and unimportant variations; and we are immediately made conscious of this by reflecting on the differences in the breeds of our domesticated animals in different countries,--more especially in the less civilized countries where there has been but little artificial selection.
We are far too ignorant, in almost every case, to be enabled to assert that any part or organ is so unimportant for the welfare of a species, that modifications in its structure could not have been slowly accumulated by means of natural selection.
He said if I warn't so ignorant, but had read a book called Don Quixote, I would know without asking.
I am ignorant if these remarks are new, or if they will be confirmed by closer examination ; but I think, that, on a hasty observation, Coningsburgh offers means of curious study to those who may wish to trace the history of architecture back to the times preceding the Norman Conquest.
He was universally reckoned the most ignorant and stupid person among them.
It seemed that this poor ignorant Monarch -- as he called himself -- was persuaded that the Straight Line which he called his Kingdom, and in which he passed his existence, constituted the whole of the world, and indeed the whole of Space.
He had observed the effect of all this, in elevating the tribe in the estimation of the white men; and determined, by the same means, to gain for his own tribe a superiority over their ignorant rivals, the Eutaws.