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Movies for the Mind: Surviving Progress at KPL @KitchLibrary @ Kitchener Public Library
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a part of the Kitchener Library’s Free Flicks series and it is held in their main theatre. Space is limited and there’s no advance ticketing so seating is not guaranteed. This film is available on YouTube for private viewing. We will be meeting after the movie for any who attend or those who viewed at home and want to discuss the ideas.

Here is the write up on IMDb:

Humanity’s ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiralling 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.

And the trailer: