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I read a sentence in 'the Hindu' which was:

The Congress, which is meant to be a premier forum for scientists to present and discuss their research, has in recent years become the stage for a series of blissfully evidence-free claims about Indian achievements in Science through the ages.

Now consider the part "blissfully evidence-free". Does it mean that one doesn't bother about gathering evidence? Or is it just blissful ignorance towards claims?

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The latter. It's a modification of blissful ignorance, indicating that since no evidence is provided for these claims, blissful ignorance can be maintained.

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    It might be worth noting that the phrase "ignorance is bliss" is a common three-word expression that could just about qualify as a maxim. – J.R. Jan 16 at 14:16
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    "Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise" carries a strong implication that the "ignorance" is deliberate. – Michael Harvey Jan 16 at 17:41

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