Human Resources

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Human Resources – Social Engineering in the 20th Century explores the rise of mechanistic philosphy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarhical systems. Topics covered include behaviorism, scientific management, work-place democracy, schooling, frustration-aggression hypothesis and human experimentation. Scott Noble, the filmmaker behind the extraordinary and informative documentary “Psywar,” has made another revelatory and important documentary, available free to the public, called “Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century.” “Esentially,” says Scott, “this film is about the rise of mechanistic philosphy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarhical systems.” The film includes original interviews with: “Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Rebecca Lemov (“World as Laboratory”), Christopher Simpson (“The Science of Coercion”), George Ritzer (“The McDonaldization of Society”), Morris Berman (“The Reenchantment of the World”), John Taylor Gatto (“Dumbing us Down”), Alfie Kohn (“What does it mean to be well educated?”) and others.” Read David Ker Thomson’s review of the film. He writes: “It answers the significant events of the last century the way a glass answers the implicit questions of a man who peers into its reflective surface–point for point. It corresponds, in short, to reality.”

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  • celso solano

    it should be mandatory to watch this at school

  • Assaf Chalif

    I would not call this film inspiring, but I would and I do recommend you to see it, think and take some notes.

    The problem with information is that you never know what the listener/watcher will do with it. I hope that when you see this film you will have in mind the principle of "Do the right thing". Witch I refer to not only for your own sake but for the sake of the thing (the doing) itself.

    Power and control was since we can recall a big question. Maybe it is about time the people will start to think like Einstein did and said: "Think deferent". Maybe there is something better than control.

    Power and control can sees as an illusion when compared to nature power and control. I am not religious but obviously can see that there is something greater than me. Again it is always compared to what/how.

    The only control you have is on your own decision and again, obviously as the film shows, only when you are free.

    Peace will come on earth only when people how are already free will do the right thing to keep them self’s free.

    If China, Russia and the west that leads by the US are showing the same behavior: trying to gain control over our mind. (Not just trying...)

    Maybe we need to seek alternative, not geographically, not religiously, another, something that is new and deferent? Think out of the box, without a bigger box outside, guiding your lines.

    All the best to you how read these long comment. Live in freedom and peace.

    Assaf chalif
    Stockholm Sweden

  • Apostolos

    The most inspiring video i saw lately.
    A must see.

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