“The better life” is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? The 2011 documentary “Surviving Progress” explores this question.
With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behavior, this “requiem to progress-as-usual” poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn’t an evolutionary dead-end. The film claims there is a grave risk of running the 21st century’s software – our know-how – on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years.
The screening will be followed by a discussion lead by Paul Rea, a retired humanities professor. The screening is free, though donations are accepted.