We decribe Willful Ignorance as being; Is being willfully ignorant a mental defect or mental illness? There seem to be people who choose to ignore the facts or ideas presented to them, rather than acknowledge the truth. Ego aside, they choose to not know or not recognize that they know. When they are confronted with the right conclusion, they will often obsess and repeat the question to see if anyone else comes to the same conclusion. It's hard for a lot of people to admit when they are wrong, but willful ignorance is a beast of a different nature. Is willful ignorance a result of an over-inflated ego, or is it more basic than that? Is it that when someone gets an idea in their head which they believe to have thought through thoroughly, they simply can't accept the new viewpoint as their own? Is it obsessive compulsive, like having to touch the same thing someone else touched just to be able to walk away from it? Or do these people lack an ability to reason around their own hubris? Sometimes we call these people closed minded, and I am not just referring to religious belief systems, but to moral and ethical systems as well. But I think there is something m ore to it than mere learned behaviour. I think that by admitting we are wrong when faced with evidence, is an open door to learn new things. Is it a fear of the unknown that causes it?