Ignorance is a lack of knowledge . The word ignorant is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware , and can describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts, or individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. Ignorance can appear in three different types: factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact), objectual ignorance (unacquaintance with some object), and technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something).  Contents 1 Reasons for ignorance 2 Consequences 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links Reasons for ignorance [ edit ] People do not experience instant gratification and therefore they do not invest time and effort in learning and developing. Eradicating ignorance completely from an individual’s life is an impossible task but reducing the gap can truly benefit the individual in a long term.  Also, making the decision to remain ignorant by committing to an ideology despite scientific proof is a dangerous mindset that can inhibit an individual from discovering the truth and therefore developing as an individual.  Ignorance can stifle learning, especially if the ignorant person believes they are not ignorant. A person who falsely believes they are knowledgeable, does not try to clarify their beliefs, but rather relies on the ignorant position. They may also reject valid but contrary information, neither realizing its importance nor understanding it. This concept is elucidated in Justin Kruger
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