The exploitive growth oriented capitalism of the nineteenth century was largely industries based. It was a capitalistic society and was seen to be more focused on the production aspects. The scientific understanding of this age was also to promote industrialism. Inventions and discoveries made production easier and was often based on the necessity to increase profits for the owners, creating segments of society, the elites and the common. However post 19th century changed this, as science started moving toward a more ecological world view. Where we live became just as important to people as what they did. This essay focuses on three such insights gained in the move towards the scientific ecological worldview. Here the insights are discussed with respect to similarities that they might share with deep ecology and also the ways in which they could be different. These insights basically challenge the earlier understandings on science. The three world views selected are that of the cosmos ecology, quantum view and the systems view.
The deep ecology movement is hence characterized by the ability to understand value for all humans and their roles in the shaping of environmental policies, a form of environmental secularism is advocated. For the deep ecologists it is not a love for humans that motivates them but there is a love for nature in general. The first of the ecological view that can be presented to have similarities with that of the deep ecology movement is the systemic view. Capra (1982) presents the works to be similar to a system where the relationships between one another are defined in term of their interconnections.