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Matteo Andreozzi

L I N K FACULTY.  Understanding Connections, Making Connections. This paper is intended to provide comments on the high-strength connection between media and cultural shifts in ways of thinking and worldviews. I focus especially on new media, linking thinking, and systemic worldviews as three related aspects of the cultural shift that seem fair to expect from the global society of this century. In addition, I make some concrete suggestions for spreading philosophical perspectives and cultural paradigms that can help us to overcome contemporary crises. A recent study (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005a) found that ecosystem services are deeply linked with commonly encountered components of human well-being. Nevertheless, it is not easy to perceive that all of us depend on nature for the conditions of a good life. Hence, the changes humans have made to ecosystems in the last decades to improve and globalize the Western standard of life have caused an ecological crisis, which implies biological and social crises. Indeed, these unprecedented changes have weakened nature’s ability to deliver key services related to the flourishing of life on the planet and have jeopardized the achievement of social goals such as reducing poverty, hunger, and disease (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005b). The global Big Bang represents one of the most relevant aspects of human involvement in planet crises, but not the key aspect. Physicist and systemic thinker Fritjof Capra (1982) points out that all these crises are only symptoms of the worldview crisis derived from the foremost thinking crisis of the Western civilization. Hence, in order to handle all the problems now coming to a head from the out-of-date anthropocentric cultural paradigm, we need to adopt a different worldview and think in a different way (Capra, 1982). We cannot solve contemporary crises with the same paradigm we used when we created them. Given these arguments, Capra (1982) claims that if societies will assume a new systemic cultural paradigm, then the resolving consequences will come in all areas.