The practice or act of intentional
and blatant avoidance, disregard
or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguements because
they oppose or contradict your own existing personal
This practice is most commonly found in the political or religious ideologies
of "conservative" Americans.
Many times it is practiced due to laziness--people not wanting to have to do the work to rethink
their opinions, the fear of the unknown, the fear of being
wrong, or sometimes simply close-mindedness.
alt. form: willfully ignorant