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Surviving Progress (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  23 March 2013 (Japan)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Wright ...
Himself - Author, A Short History of Progress
Mark Levine ...
Himself - Group Leader, China Energy Group
Robert Wright ...
Himself - Author, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
Marina Silva ...
Herself - Former Minister of the Environment, Brazil
Kambale Musavuli ...
Himself - Friends of the Congo
Vaclav Smil ...
Himself - Population Scientist & Author, Global Catastrophies and Trends
Colin Beavan ...
Himself - Engineer & Author
Michael Hudson ...
Himself - Economic Historian & Former Wall Street Economist
...
Herself - Primatologist
Ming Chen ...
Himself - Self Driving Club Tour Guide
Changnian Chen ...
Himself - Professor & Chen Ming's Father
J. Craig Venter ...
Himself - Biologist & CEO Synthetic Genomics
Raquel Taitson-Queiroz ...
Herself - Environmental Police Officer, IBAMA
Gary Marcus ...
Himself - Cognitive Psychologist & Author, The Birth of the Mind
Daniel Povinelli ...
Himself - Behavioral Scientist
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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. Written by Producers

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Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up

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23 March 2013 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Survivre au progrès  »

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$4,161 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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$47,139 (USA) (22 June 2012)
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very nicely reflects where do we human stand today!!!
28 September 2012 | by (Vienna) – See all my reviews

All the issues are very nicely addressed with the detailed pros and cons. very thought provoking and I hope we all learn from it and start respecting the mother nature and the surroundings... once again congrats to the team for making such an effort to show us where do we stand today!!!! I hope the movie is showed to all the school and college going students to make a general awareness and are being made aware of how can they can make there commitment in the coming years. The detailed research of the contributors and there experience will surely guide us all in our way of looking towards our daily life and help make a change.


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