- File Size: 1651 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001JAHG98
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Climate change is one of the "progress traps" Wright is talking about. Progress does not inexorably lead to the betterment of humans. Nor do growth economies, including Capitalism. Wright helps readers see the big pictures of how humans have interacted with the Earth in ways that destroy civilizations and threatens to ruin our host, Earth.
The Myth of Progress by Tom Wessells is another good book about progress.
Ronald Wright’s intention in this book is to examine how and in what ways in which civilizations have ‘progressed’ and what their outcomes have been. His contention is that by examining the historical evidence of who we are and where we have come from, we might be better placed to determine how well we are faring and towards what end we are ‘progressing’.
The author writes simply and directly basing his arguments on ample evidence.
He points out that while our future is in our own hands, we must trust not in unfounded optimism but rather be sensitive to the information that we possess, both that passed down from history and that presented to us from our understanding of morality and insights presented by scientific investigation.
‘Progress’ neither in the affirmative or its obverse is guaranteed without our making sound decisions.
Also, if you are interested, there is a documentary based on this book called "Surviving Progress" (2011). I prefer the book so much more, but the documentary wasn't that bad.