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From: Ralph HORNE(SED) <[log in to unmask]>
>Let's hope we don't now move onto valuation of life!
Why stop just when it gets interesting?
If we look at human life in its biological/ecological context, then perhaps
one life IS more valuable than another. Only if we try to compare the value
of life within the community itself (ignoring the non-human context as
"unworthy of attention") do we find ourselves on tricky ground.
In Death we humans are useful fertiliser and food for various organisms, and
this can be (and probably has been)easily enough measured in terms of animal
food value, NPK and trace elements.
In Life our activities impact on our supporting ecology, how is it / would
it be done?