November 2nd, 2013, 10:00am – 11:45am
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L13 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
Surviving Progress is a stunning feature documentary that connects the financial collapse, growing inequity, and the Wall Street oligarchy, with future technology, sustainability and the fate of civilization. Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History of Progress, inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps”. Alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet. Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge; to prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.