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animism


Seeing natural objects and phenomena as "animated" by personal spirits. Natural forces like thunder and lightning, streams, trees, the ocean, are given personal existence and treated as gods or demi-gods.
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Anthropomorphism


Seeing animals or the world itself as having human characteristics, particularly as having feelings and motives like those of human beings. Everything is like us. See Pathetic fallacy.
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´╗┐Anthropocentrism


Seeing the universe as centering on humankind, so that everything in the universe is for human beings. Everything is for us.
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Anthropocentrism


Seeing the universe as centering on humankind, so that everything in the universe is for human beings. Everything is for us.
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Balance of nature


The idea that nature, undisturbed by human beings, achieves an ideal balance of different species, that, until it is disturbed, it remains in balance, and that it returns to that state after the disturbance. This is connected to the notion, left over from the time of belief in The Great Chain of Being, that every creature has its place in the harmo [..]
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Biome


An ecossystem usually identified in terms of characteristic forms of vegetation.
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Biosphere


The global realm of all living things.
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CARRYING CAPACITY


The constant number that, left to itself, a natural population will achieve in a given ecosystem. The idea there is a constant number is, according to some ecologists, an unwarranted assumption. See Balance of Nature.
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