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A TAXONOMY AND TREATMENT OF UNCERTAINTY FOR ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
TLDR
Uncertainty pervades all our attempts to ascertain the truth about the natural and physical environment. Expand
The Indispensability of Mathematics
Looks at the Quine–Putnam indispensability argument in the philosophy of mathematics. This argument urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoreticalExpand
Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy‐makers in natural resource management
Policy-makers and managers in natural resource management (NRM) often complain that researchers are out of touch. Researchers often complain that policy-makers and managers make poorly informedExpand
The biodiversity bank cannot be a lending bank
"Offsetting" habitat destruction has widespread appeal as an instrument for balancing economic growth with biodiversity conservation. Requiring proponents to pay the nontrivial costs of habitat lossExpand
The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces
David Malament argued that Hartry Field’s nominalisation program is unlikely to be able to deal with non-space-time theories such as phasespace theories. We give a specific example of such aExpand
A formal model for consensus and negotiation in environmental management.
TLDR
We use an environmental management case study to demonstrate the utility of a mathematical consensus convergence model in aggregating values (or weights) across groups. Expand
An Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics
A number of people have recently argued for a structural approach to accounting for the applications of mathematics. Such an approach has been called “the mapping account”. According to this view,Expand
There is No Easy Road to Nominalism
Hartry Field has shown us a way to be nominalists: we must purge our scientific theories of quantification over abstracta and we must prove the appropriate conservativeness results. This is not aExpand
Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value.
Many conservation biologists believe the best ethical basis for conserving natural entities is their claimed intrinsic value, not their instrumental value for humans. But there is significantExpand
Avoiding bio-perversity from carbon sequestration solutions
The development of a new carbon economy has the potential to offer win–win outcomes for environments and economies. Large-scale tree plantations are expected to play a major role in carbon economiesExpand
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