Willful ignorance

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Willful ignorance is the practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguments because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs; deliberately restricting one's knowledge due to an aversion to particular facts. In law, when knowledge of a certain fact is an element of a crime, the jury may find that someone who is willfully ignorant of that fact has the requisite knowledge of it.

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