And yet," said John, "I am sure the young ladies did not mean it; it was only ignorance
Of not-being, ignorance was assumed to be the necessary correlative; of being, knowledge?
And can therefore neither be ignorance nor knowledge?
But were we not saying before, that if anything appeared to be of a sort which is and is not at the same time, that sort of thing would appear also to lie in the interval between pure being and absolute not-being; and that the corresponding faculty is neither knowledge nor ignorance, but will be found in the interval between them?
Such was then the extent of knowledge possessed by every American on the subject, and of which no one could decently profess ignorance
Casaubon made no objection beyond a passing remark that the sum might be disproportionate in relation to other good objects, but when Dorothea in her ignorance
resisted that suggestion, he acquiesced.
It lasted while I just bridled a little with the sense that my office demanded that there should be no such ignorance
and no such person.
The ignorance which we have hitherto been in of the original of the Nile hath given many authors an opportunity of presenting us very gravely with their various systems and conjectures about the nature of its waters, and the reason of its overflows.
But this discovery was reserved for the invincible bravery of our noble countrymen, who, not discouraged by the dangers of a navigation in seas never explored before, have subdued kingdoms and empires where the Greek and Roman greatness, where the names of Caesar and Alexander, were never heard of; who have demolished the airy fabrics of renowned hypotheses, and detected those fables which the ancients rather chose to invent of the sources of the Nile than to confess their ignorance.
Let those of high life, therefore, no longer despise the ignorance
of their inferiors; nor the vulgar any longer rail at the vices of their betters.
The style of these buildings evinces that the architect possessed neither the art of using lime or cement of any kind, nor the skill to throw an arch, construct a roof, or erect a stair ; and yet, with all this ignorance
, showed great ingenuity in selecting the situation of Burghs, and regulating the access to them, as well as neatness and regularity in the erection, since the buildings themselves show a style of advance in the arts scarcely consistent with the ignorance
of so many of the principal branches of architectural knowledge.
An ignorance of a variety of minute and particular objects, which do not lie within the compass of legislation, is consistent with every attribute necessary to a due performance of the legislative trust.
Yet it is very certain, not only that a valuable portion of freedom has been preserved under all these circumstances, but that the defects in the British code are chargeable, in a very small proportion, on the ignorance of the legislature concerning the circumstances of the people.
For example, college counselors could present prevention programs during freshman orientation that addressed the presence and possible negative effects of pluralistic ignorance
Perhaps most discouragingly, surveys have unveiled an uncomfortably high degree of ignorance
about the Constitution and the First Amendment.