Discounted practices of the past Overlooked traditional technologies Discredited old methods Discounted traditional knowledge
Guided by conceits about the superiority of modern culture, scientists often fail to even notice traditional technologies, or will discredit their value.
An important attribute of indigenous knowledge, aside from its degree of success in dealing with matters of survival, is its local ownership. The efficacy of technique is contingent on the confidence invested in it by the implementer. Indigenous knowledge in agriculture, energy supply and conservation, biodiversity, and even traditional culture, is important because it is believed in by its practitioners.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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