The Mont Pelerin Society Special Meeting
June 22 to 29, 2013
This Mont Pelerin Society Special Meeting has the
objective to link the concept of evolution to freedom,
reinforce the debate that opposes classical
liberal society and statism using biology and anthropology
as theoretical foundations, and to understand
cultural evolution of open societies as a
mean to escape from the tribal order.
The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ),
from Ecuador, will host this world summit on its
Galapagos campus (GAIAS) located on the island
of San Cristóbal.
Friedrich Hayek asserted that: "cultural evolution is
not the result of human reason consciously building
institutions, but of a process in which culture and
reason developed concurrently…". The co-evolution
of human preferences and institutions poses serious
problems to anyone who promotes policies that
supposedly will alter only one of the two. It is the
old problem of culture versus institutions. Freedom,
property rights, rule of law, how is it that all these
elements evolved to promote peace and prosperity?
Why some are more prominent only in some societies
while in others they are almost inexistent? During
this world summit, scholars with training in the
natural and social sciences will gather to discuss the
evolution of and the current challenges to freedom.
Galapagos provides a unique environment for this;
it inspired Charles Darwin, more than one hundred
fifty years ago, to make his groundbreaking contributions
to the biological sciences.