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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Definitions for anthropocentric

  1. viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values.
  2. regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe.
  3. assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe.

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Citations for anthropocentric
I've never understood the narrow-minded tendency most people have to judge animals by completely inappropriate, anthropocentric standards ... Donna Andrews, The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, 2007
Unfortunately, the popular conception of A.I., at least as depicted in countless movies, games and books, still seems to assume that humanlike characteristics (anger, jealousy, confusion, avarice, pride, desire, not to mention cold alienation) are the most important ones to be on the lookout for. This anthropocentric fallacy may contradict the implications of contemporary A.I. research, but it is still a prism through which much of our culture views an encounter with advanced synthetic cognition. Benjamin H. Bratton, "Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test," New York Times, February 23, 2015
Origin of anthropocentric
The Greek noun ánthrōpos means “human being.” Like 60 percent of ancient Greek vocabulary, ánthrōpos has no sure etymology. The combining form -centric derives ultimately from Greek kentrikós “of a point,” a derivative of kéntron “needle, spur, pivoting point in drawing a circle,” borrowed into Latin as centrum, whence Old French and Middle English centre.