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Purity and Prejudice: Deluding Ourselves About Biodiversity Conservation
Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 566–568, September 2010
How to Cite
Sheil, D. and Meijaard, E. (2010), Purity and Prejudice: Deluding Ourselves About Biodiversity Conservation. Biotropica, 42: 566–568. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00687.x
- Issue online: 9 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2010
- Received 16 May 2010; revision accepted 17 May 2010.
- cognitive bias;
- tainted-nature delusion;
Tropical conservationists can benefit from understanding human thought processes. We are often less rational than we might believe. Our judgmental biases may sometimes encourage us to overlook or act against major conservation opportunities. Better appreciation of the tricks of the human mind might make us more open-minded, humble, and ready to appreciate different viewpoints. We propose one inherent bias that we believe predisposes conservationists to neglect the value of modified habitats for biodiversity conservation. We call it the ‘tainted-nature delusion’. Recognizing such biases can increase our effectiveness in recognizing and achieving viable conservation outcomes.