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…

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

Henri-Rousseau-1140x642The cause of most environmental problems is a social context in which a collective cost is produced through the combined behaviour of a plurality. Although awareness is rising, most citizens ignore their responsibilities, and lifestyle changes are resisted. How can we reconnect people with the environment? Continue Reading

The restoration of the human-nature bond

Bosch_detailWestern culture has become detached from the ecological substrate upon it is based and dependent on for its very existence. Humans have experienced a progressive detachment from nature that mutated into a utilitarian relation of dominion: the bond needs to be restored. Continue reading

Filter bubbles in the information society

Fake-newsThe 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

Eating insects for a sustainable future?

52a6bf87bf710958b26f7ca7c2f80077The news is spreading about a future use of insects for human consumption and in agriculture. 9 billion people are expected to live on the earth in 2050, and climate change is forcing us to rethink the ways we eat and produce our food. But are we really ready for that? Continue reading

About Ecopsychology

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

The Plastic Society

vuy.pngPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives, so much that we could refer to us as the ‘plastic generation’. But this material that supported innovation, has huge downsides: plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five islands made of plastic are floating, and the Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. And so it turns out, that plastic releases micro-particles that dispersed in water contaminate not only fish, but the human food chain. Continue reading

Automatic behavioural responses: why we overeat

vffEating decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are both internal (i.e. unconscious behaviours) and external, which can lead us towards increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices. The role of unconscious and environmental influences support the view that it is not always willpower (or ourselves) to blame. Continue reading

Human, all too human

brain-2062057_960_720Historically, the notion of being ‘conscious’ referred to actions of self-imposed maturity, and consciousness was considered the unique, distinguishing factor between man and animals. Contemporary research reversed the paradigm: is the unconscious a form of intelligentiaContinue reading