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The key point about progress

Since the belief that progress as an automatic consequence of the spontaneous evolution of things can no longer be sustained, we are compelled to replace our traditional 'objective observer' and 'doing our own job' stance and take a more pro-active stance.

We must stop and ask ask: "Is it true that the very direction in which we are applying our efforts might be wrong? Is there another idea of progress, which would give much higher benefits?"

It turns out that there is - it is the progress which focuses on environmental and human well-being. Having been influenced by our general cultural bias towards more 'objective' values such as economic profit, we have taken both ourselves and our environment out of the picture. We have been applying the enormous resources of our civilization in a direction which is flagrantly oblivious of its effects upon ourselves.

The legacy of the Club of Rome

The Club of Rome is a think tank of about 100 selected international experts, whose purpose has been to investigate the future prospects of the humankind. In the early 1980s, based on a decade of research, Aurelio Peccei, the Club's co-founder and first president, wrote: "The future will either be the inspired product of a great cultural revival, or there will be no future."

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Civilization-induced diseases and death causes - research of Weston Price and Werner Kollath

The question here is how our current direction of 'progress' influences our health and happiness, or in a word our wellbeing. What is really known about this most interesting theme?

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Human body in civilization - the combined insights of F. Mathias Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais and others

Civilization is only a brief moment in the lifetime of our species, during which not much could have changed genetically. The question is how is our body affected in the long run, when we use it daily in ways it was not made for?

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Cultural evolution should not be trusted - insights from memetics

There is a tendency to believe that the survival of the fittest (people, lifestyle, social organization, goods on the market, business model...) automatically leads to improvement. The conclusion seems to follow that just letting the things evolve spontaneously through free competition will bring us to the best possible world. It has turned out that this belief is founded upon a misunderstanding of the very nature of evolution.

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Pages in category "PROGRESS"

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