Surviving progress

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Summary

  • Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society, or too much of a good thing? Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, 'Surviving Progress' is a provocative documentary that explores the concept of progress in the modern world, guiding through the major 'progress traps' facing civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.

Notes

  • Documentary.
  • "Inspired from the best-seller A short history of progress by Ronald Wright"--Container.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
  • Bonus materials: Introduction by Martin Scorsese at New York Premiere; Extended interviews with Jane Goodall, Ronald Wright, Michael Hudson and Jim Thomas; Round table discussion with filmmakers at Montreal Int. Documentary Festival.
  • DVD; NTSC; widescreen presentation.
  • Closed captioned.

Contents

  • What is progress? -- Progress traps -- Humans in the lab of evolution -- Earth's carrying capacity -- China takes the capitalist road -- Living off our natural capital -- A history of debt -- Debt, resources, and global finance -- Economics for a sustainable future -- Synthetic biology and scarcity -- Recognizing limits -- Moral progress or technological fixes
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