Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

Downloadable Video - 2012
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Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Michael Hudson, and Ronald Wright, this enlightening and visually spectacular film invites us to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own. Leading critics of Wall Street, cognitive psychologists, and ecologists lay bare the consequences of progress-as-usual as the film travels around the world - from a burgeoning China to the disappearing rainforests of Brazil to a chimp research lab in New Iberia, Louisiana - to construct a shocking overview of the way our global economic system is eating away at our planet's resources and shackling entire populations with poverty. Providing an honest look at the risks and pitfalls of running 21st Century "software" (our accumulated knowledge) on 50,000-year-old "hardware" (our primate brains), Surviving Progress offers a challenge: to prove making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead end.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 86 min.)) : sd., col


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Dec 06, 2018

The truth is hard to hear. The hardest of all is when we look at what we could & should be doing and we aren't. Makes you want to start, today it starts with me, today I start making a difference in the world, I am doing my part. Encourage others to do their part too. All of us doing something, even a little thing. It adds up to great things.

Sep 01, 2018

Recent commenters do not like the truth about the modern world--reality upsets their fantasies about the state of the world,

Oct 30, 2017

Much of the imagery is quite striking and really fascinating; the interspersed commentary gets to be hectoring and preachy, but it starts off okay and is at least structured. Although its presented as 'objective' its message is coming from the far left.

Sep 17, 2017

Enjoyed the film. A thought provoking piece.

Oct 19, 2014

So jumbled and filled with endless and wayward commentary that it literally had me sound asleep in no time. If you have trouble sleeping, this film is a must see!!

brendancarlson Jun 14, 2014

Monumentally, abysmally horrible. So filled with nonsense and non-science it takes the cake for the worst documentary (crockumentary) I've seen in a VERY long time.

Dec 19, 2013

This is a 2011 87-minute Canadian documentary loosely based on "A Short History of Progress"---2004 Massey Lecture series by Ronald Wright about societal collapse.
It is structured as a series of interviews, interspersed with footage from all over the world.
Unlike the book, which focused on ancient civilizations, the film focuses on the present-day impact of civilization,
including the impact of concentrated wealth.
The underlying message is that current models and strategies of economic growth have no practical connections with the real world.
The lack of an ethical underpinning in modern global economic practices is directly responsible for the overconsumption and exploitation
of natural resources to the extent that the increasingly more probable future population collapse would take modern society right along with it.
It is a thought-provoking documentary.

nickmick Apr 25, 2013

Got to see this! especially if you have little kids or planing to have kids for their future... We all have to do our parts, and let people realize what's going on.

Apr 16, 2013

Global overpopulation and population growth are addressed in this film, but more emphasis on this problem is needed.

Apr 11, 2013

Favourite quote from the film, "Modern economics is a form of brain damage" - David Suzuki.

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aaa5756 Mar 17, 2013

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison

aaa5756 Mar 17, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 Mar 17, 2013

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington


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