Video Night: Surviving Progress Documentary

  • July 3, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Paula & Ben's Home

Surviving Progress is a full length documentary. Here's a brief description of the movie we'll watch at 7:30 and discuss as late into the night as we wish since the next day is a holiday. Soup and games at 5:30.

Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.

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  • Paula

    Video was enlightening and visually creative and the discussion was enlightening and connecting. We all want community where ethics is what we focus on and where we are able to practice the ethics of being in relationships with each other. And the ethic of continuance came up as a basis for choosing. More on that at the Sunday, August 18 meeting.

    July 4, 2013

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