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January 7, 2014 > Niles Discovery Church to screen ÔSurviving ProgressÕ

Niles Discovery Church to screen ÔSurviving ProgressÕ

Submitted By Rev. Jeffrey Spencer

Is progress really making our lives better? ÒThe better lifeÓ is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? The 2011 documentary ÒSurviving ProgressÓ explores this question.

With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behavior, this Òrequiem to progress-as-usualÓ poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isnÕt an evolutionary dead-end. The film claims there is a grave risk of running the 21st centuryÕs software - our know-how - on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasnÕt been upgraded in 50,000 years.

Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, ÒA Short History of Progress,Ó inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by Òprogress trapsÓ - alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a regionÕs resources and move on. But if todayÕs global civilization collapses from over-consumption, thatÕs it. We have no back-up planet.

The documentary will be screened on Saturday, January 11th at Niles Discovery Church in Fremont, as part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series. The screening will be followed by a discussion lead by Paul Rea, a retired humanities professor. The screening is free, although donations are gladly accepted.

Surviving Progress
Saturday, Jan 11
1:30 p.m.
Niles Discovery Church
255 H St., Fremont
Free of charge

The film trailer can be viewed at:

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