The Film for this Friday, May 4th, is "Surviving Progress," 7 pm, at the Springfield UU.
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the 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. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. . . .
Includes commentary by Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil, primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA.
Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.(excerpts from From http://survivingprogress.com )