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Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 1995–1997 | Cite as

Rescuing the extinction of experience

  • Michael J. Samways
Original Paper

Beyond instrumental value

Miller (2005) and Stokes (2006) draw our attention to a crucial issue: humans are losing touch with nature, particularly in the urban environment. Miller (2005) has called this the ‘extinction of experience’. We are on the threshold between a real world and a virtual world, which is disconnecting us and nature. The outcome is a loss of appreciation of our reliance on nature. As we are an intrinsic part of the world around us, there are some issues requiring close focus before we embark on a rescue of the extinction of experience.

Conservation biology’s traditional viewpoint is that biodiversity is the variety of life; structural, compositional and functional, from genes to ecosystems (Noss 1990). This is a biotic everything, sometimes leading to the view that it thus has little hard currency. Nevertheless, this approach is a good working framework for initial conceptualization of biodiversity, as well as the scaffolding for scientific studies. Although...

Keywords

Conservation Biology Urban Park Game Reserve Scientific Conservation Bird Watching 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Centre for Invasion BiologyUniversity of StellenboschMatielandSouth Africa

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