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General · 10th October 2012
Sierra Quadra
Sierra Quadra begins another year of bringing leading edge films, speakers, and events to our island. Join us on October 20 at the Community Centre at 7:30pm for the film premiere of Surviving Progress.

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — how we do what we do — on the ancient hardware of a primate brain that hasn’t seen an upgrade in 50,000 years. Rich in sound and imagery, this film by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks shows us the journey of our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Based on Richard Wright’s bestseller ‘A Short History of Progress’, the film reveals how civilizations are routinely destroyed by a series of ‘progress traps’ –  seductive technologies that serve immediate needs but seem to ransom the future while doing so.
Surviving Progress brings us thinkers from all sides of the debate. Some reiterate Richard’s Wright’s urgent warning; others claim that the logical outcome of progress is that it will once again save our species. From cosmologist Stephen Hawking to genome biologist Craig Venter to primatologist Jane Goodall and author Margaret Atwood, the film presents multiple viewing points as our collective future rushes to meet us.

Ultimately Surviving Progress begs the question: was making the apes smarter a great idea or an evolutionary dead-end? Come to Sierra Quadra’s first film event of the year and decide for yourself!

Admission is by donation, and the usual sumptuous food and drink will be available. Doors open at 7 and the film starts at 7:30.