Second Saturday Documentary Series presents: “Surviving Progress”

SurviveProgress_banner_440“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

“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.

The documentary will be screened on Saturday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Ford Hall. The screening will be followed by a discussion lead by Paul Rea, a retired humanities professor. The screening is free.

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. The film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge:  To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

This screening is part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series, a film series co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church, Tri-City Perspectives, and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. More information about the series can be found at The trailer for the movie can be seen at

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