Il cittadino esule e il cittadino pigro

Nella catastrofe di una cittadinanza non virtuosa disinteressata al crescente garbuglio politico ed economico, manca il collegamento mentale con l’importanza di un atto di cittadinanza ragionato, manca una fondamentale educazione al dovere morale di contribuire alla sopravvivenza e al miglioramento del sistema sociale e democratico di cui si è parte. Continua a leggere…

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Una sfera pubblica dove vale tutto

L’impostazione del dibattito pubblico nel nostro paese non è costruttivo ma sempre più distruttivo: tutto è in discussione, anche la razza, la dignità umana, la scienza. Oggi in Italia vedo il Medioevo di una lotta fra galli, perché nell’ondata di fervore populista non servono più maestri: basta un buon pastore. Continua a leggere…

(Re)Connecting People with the Environment

The cause of most environmental problems is a social context in which a collective cost is produced through the combined behavior of a plurality of individuals: some prime examples are the cities’ air pollution by cars, or food waste. Even though awareness is rising, most of the citizens still ignore their civic responsibilities, and lifestyle changes are resisted. How can we reconnect people with the environment? Continue Reading

Filter Bubbles in the Information Society

man-in-bubbleThe digital revolution and the new socialisation platforms, laid the foundation of new forms of information and communication. But the higher availability of information did not bring more knowledge or tolerance, as we tend instead to cluster in bubbles of homogeneous contents. Fragmentation of information is determining a worrying diffusion of misinformation and dangerous forms of ignorance.  Continue reading

Ecopsychology: what it is, and why a reflection about it is worthy

How can we learn to respect nature and to live in harmony with the ecosystem, in order to prevent environmental destruction and pollution? First and foremost, the underlying issue should be addressed, that is the cultural detachment from nature. Humans have lost sight with their origin, and ecopsychology offers an answer. Continue reading

Plastic Pollution: a Huge risk for the Environment and Human Health

dcabe551cf64ee30e3a9efe54763da5fPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives today, so much that we could refer to us as the plastic generation. But this material that supported innovation, has two big downsides. Plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five ‘plastic islands’ have been identified. The Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. Also, plastic release micro-particles that dispersed in the water, contaminate fish, entering in the human food chain. Continue reading

Automatic Behavioural Responses: Why we Overeat

ego depletionEating decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are both internal (that is, unconscious behaviours) and external, which can all lead us to increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices. This has implications for everybody, and support the view, that it is not always the willpower or ourselves to blame. Continue reading