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The Anthropocentrism view is the belief that humans alone have intrinsic worth or value Simply put it means that if something promotes the wellness or interests of humankind then it is a good thing if not than it is a bad or neutral thing An example would be the animals in nature which are considered good because they provide us with entertainment knowledge medicines clothing and many other things that are in the better interests of humans However while it may provide us with these items it is still believed to have no actual value in itself Only what it provides us with is actually considered to have value because it is what the human desires and therefore promotes our wellness or interests On the other hand lets look at a disease that affects humans and another one that affects only bears If an epidemic was discovered that affected humans we would immediately begin studying the disease and begin working towards a cure for it Since it is affecting humans in a negative way it is a bad thing However if an epidemic that affected bears alone were to be discovered we wouldnt be as quick to take evasive action We would work on it for a few reasons such as we wouldnt have bears to hunt for fur or meat or we would be worried that it may evolve into a strain which can be contracted by humans So since it a neutral thing we would help to prevent it but we would be less quick to jump to its aide The anthropocentrisms view on deforestation would be to use the cost benefit analysis which is to choose the alternative that has the greater net balance of benefits over the harms or costs If tearing down a forest would cause greater harm than it would good or would cost more than it is worth than the decision would be made not to do it
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