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    Humanity's Approach to the Natural World

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    Now that you have a solid understanding of the study of ecology and how scientists measure biodiversity, let's continue to develop the relationship between economics and the natural world. We start with the question:
    •Why do we care about biodiversity and the natural world?
    I. Read the following article:
    Public attitudes: What's the use? (2013, Sep 14). The Economist, 408(8853):6.
    II. Describe the relationships between the shift in "humanity's approach to the natural world" and the "three great intellectual movements of recent times."
    III. Research an example in your region or an example of interest globally, where biodiversity has been affected in a way that has impacted you or the people nearby. If you use one of the examples in the article, provide additional related articles to dive more deeply into the situation.

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    Over the years, "humanity's approach to the natural world" has changed. In the past, individuals considered themselves responsible only for their personal selves, and their families, or tribes. This limited idea of responsibility evolved during the "three great intellectual movements of recent times".

    Prior to the first movement, humanity had a more myopic view of social responsibility, and viewed themselves as being responsible only for a very small social circle. The first movement extended humanity's responsibility to include compatriots. The second movement extended humanity's responsibility to include foreigners. The third movement extended humanity's responsibility to include other life forms, but only to a certain limit; in general, most people believe that animals deserve some consideration, though not at as high a level as humans deserve. Other intellectual movements--such as evolutionary theory--compelled people to view animals, in particular primates, at a higher level. These intellectual movements impacted humanity's outlook of life, and indicate the shift in how humanity viewed ...

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    The expert determines why we care about biodiversity and the natural world. The relationships between the shifts in "humanity's approach to the natural world" and the "three great intellectual movements of recent times."

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