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In search of a conservation ethic

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This paper makes use of the Galileo method to compare cognitive distances between selected forest-related concepts in Brazil, Indonesia and Cameroon. The purpose is to determine whether or not there are significant differences in people's perceptions that could reflect the concept of a conservation ethic in these locations. Specific hypotheses focus on the cognitive relationships between spirit and forest; between forest, good and future; and between forest and me. Although the method provides interesting and useful information on cognition, it is less useful in clarifying the existence or measurement of a conservation ethic.

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