The aim of the G10 is to offer a parallel for the G8 (now G7) where important developments are identified and interpreted.
Philosophers and economists go hand in hand. We use the old meanings of economics 'Oikos', meaning house or household. Economy is a household that is 'efficiently run'.
The economists on the G10 speak less about taxes and interest rates, but rather about future forms of society. We use philosophy in the sense of interpreting underlying patterns based on wisdom or dismantling empty words and concepts. This year we have added some innovations to give the G10 itself an underlying structure.
The week starts on a Saturday evening in Amsterdam where we observe how our brain functions. Our brain is the basis of everything and without them we cannot analyze anything, but how do they actually work?
The common belief among neuroscientists is that images and ideas (our memories) are stored somewhere in our brain. Where exactly that is, however, is still unclear. However, our Italian duo Riccardo Manzotti (robotology) and Tim Parks (enlightened thinker) introduce novel revolutionary philosophies that the mind is actually outside our brain and the role experience plays in it.
Do you want to read more on these revolutionary philosophies? ‘The Spread Mind’ by Riccardo Manzotti.
On Sunday evening, we introduce Beate Rössler through her book, Autonomie, with her view on the working of the mind. On Monday we target the same topic: how is our mind working? But seen from an eastern Tibetan point of view.
In the middle of the week, we concentrate on visionary thinkers such as Paul Davies and James Williams who introduce two intriguing themes: the discovery of the universe and the development of a new Internet. In short: technology and ethics.
The week ends with an analysis of social reality, which is brilliantly commented on by Slavoj Žižek.
The G10 of Economy and Philosophy takes place at three locations: in Amsterdam, Huissen and Nijmegen.
It is also a true 'retreat' in the sense that we have chosen a beautiful monastery where you can stay for 1, 4 or 7 days, and one or more evenings, and where three vegetarian meals are served per day.
You can also follow part of the program and explore the area on foot.
The combination of these pleasures is a basis for clear thinking because we can open our minds better while we’re in nature.
In times of low and again lower budgets for analytic journalism, shrinking publishing houses and even less reliable media in general where technology seems to win over jounalism, the G10 falls back on old-fashioned concepts: it organises sturdy sessions where the focus is really on something to discover.
The organization of the G10 has many ears and tries to listen carefully in all directions from physics to history and from philosophy to avant garde economics. The topics are chosen in a way that they anticipate the future in a 'poetic' way. Poetic in the meaning Novalis once gave the word 'poetization': clear thinking with an undogmatic mind.
2016 was the first G10, click here to have a look (Dutch version).