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Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

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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 rainforest's 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.

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    Title: Surviving Progress
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Chen Changnian, Dr. David Suzuki, J. Craig Venter, Jane Goodall, Marina Silva, Simon Johnson, Chen Ming, Colin Beavan, Gary Marcus, Daniel Povinelli
    Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks
    Attributes: Subtitled, Widescreen
    Release Date: 9/25/2012
    Original Year: 2011
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 1
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 914994
    UPC: 720229914994
    Item #: 352449X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 9/25/2012
    Closed Caption: Yes
    Studio: First Run Features