MCLA Green Living Seminar Series Presents “The Myth of Progress” with Tom Wessels

January 27, 2023

Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, will give a talk titled “The Myth of Progress” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121. The presenter will attend via zoom.   

As part of MCLA’s Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. 

The presentation will be a conversation about Wessels’ book, “The Myth of Progress,” which is a scientific critique of the failings of our current economic system. The book covers three scientific ideas to show how society is progressing in the wrong direction, the second law of thermodynamics and its relationship with entropy, the law of limits to growth, and the principle of self-organization.  

About Tom Wessels: 
Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. He has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the country for over three decades. He is the author of numerous books, including “Reading the Forested Landscape,” “The Myth of Progress,” “Forest Forensics,” and his latest publication, “New England’s Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region’s Unique Natural Areas.” 

MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series continues through April 19, presenting a series of lectures on the theme of “Capitalism and the Environment.” Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant to current sustainability issues. Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 

The 2023 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department. Podcasts will be posted online following each presentation: 

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