Film & Discussion: Guns, Germs and Steel

When & Where
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street [Between Telegraph & Broadway]
Oakland, CA
November 21, 2012 - 7:30pm
510 681 8699

Based on Jared Diamond's book of the same name, this National Geographic film Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years - from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century. This ambitious, ground-breaking film, following the book, portrays Jared Diamond's discovery of an answer to the question: Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet - why wasn't it the Chinese or the Inca? And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?

The balance of power between the Old World of Europeans and the New World of the Americas was so unequal - why?  The Spaniard, Francisco Pizarro, was able to conquer the Inca army, 80,000 strong and including the Emperor of the Inca, with only 168 European soldiers in only one day.  At the end of that terrible day in 1532, some 7,000 Inca warriors lay dead - and no Europeans.  Jared Diamond examines this situation and concludes that the Europeans were able to conquer the Inca and all of South America because they were well endowed with superior technologies as well as deadly disease to which they were themselves immune.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at  411  28th  Street
$5 donations are expected