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

Plastic Pollution: a Big 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

Human, all too human

nudgeFindings in the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, overturned the paradigm that conceived humans as rational calculators. The presence of many psychological errors lead people to commit mistakes in their judgements and actions. Nudging is a recent approach that entail minimalist, non-paternalistic interventions to guide people in the right direction. Continue reading

WHO vs. European Food Safety Authority: Battle on the Risks of Glyphosate

monsanto-roundupGlyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, and its residues are increasingly found in food and the environment. WHO stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic“. The European Food Safety Authority responded it is “unlikely” to be carcinogenic. A story of missing data, disputes among institutions and scientists, and mostly trade secrets. Continue reading