How do Humans Perceive Extinction?

“How do humans perceive extinction? And how do we manage or mismanage resources as a result? What kinds of interventions are taken on behalf of something—a way of life, a language, an ecosystem—said to be disappearing? …When you think of biodiversity decreasing, what, in fact, is getting lost? How do we measure that loss? When ancient cultural heritage sites are deliberately destroyed, what technologies do we have to record that loss?” – Adriana Petryna, anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania, on why different social science perspectives need to come together to address issues of conservation.