If you want to prove capitalism works, you might think back to 18th century Glasgow. That’s where Adam Smith was when he created the theory of market capitalism – he looked around, saw open markets, saw competition, saw the industriousness and prosperity that resulted, and correctly concluded that a system of free markets based on competition benefits everyone.
Everyone, that is, except the slaves.
Because what Smith’s famous example leaves out is the fact that Scotland’s prosperity was the result not just of free markets, but of slaves in the Americas producing tobacco that could be shipped to Scotland for processing. Without the slaves, the system wouldn’t have worked.
Smith knew it, too. He roundly condemned slavery as an evil thing in his moral writings, but simply considered it part of doing business in his economic writings – prosperity trumped human rights, because economics has nothing to do with morality.
That’s the finding of Saybrook faculty member Marvin Brown’s provocative new book Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision. “When he’s talking about slavery in his economic works, slavery is an economic issue, and when he’s writing his moral treatises, it’s a moral issue, and he never connects the two,” Brown says. “And we’re still seeing that disconnect today. We’re living it. It’s at the very basis of our identity.”
The implications for capitalism are enormous.
The California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco will be holding its annual “Mini Medical School” on Wednesdays in April, and the Chair of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, Alison Shapiro, will be one of the featured speakers.
The free lecture series will explore the brain — from neuroplasticity and emotions to brain injury and aging. Nationally renowned experts will share how to keep the brain active and vital, and reveal the brain’s remarkable capacity to regenerate and adapt.
Eugene Taylor, director of the Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology concentration at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic, will deliver the opening address of the first Plenary session of the annual “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conference, April 11 - 17, in Tucson, Arizona.
Preconference workshops begin on the 12th, and the opening session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 13th.
A historian, philosopher of psychology, and internationally recognized scholar on the life and work of William James, Taylor’s presentation will be called “Could Radical Empiricism Guide Neurophenomenology as the Future of Neuroscience?”
For more information visit http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/.
Marc Pilisuk, a Human Sciences faculty member at Saybrook’s Graduate School of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, will be speaking on the implications of war and military spending at a conference at Purdue University.
The conference, “Revisiting the Idea of the Military Industrial Complex,” will be held on April 9th, and be divided into two parts. The first will involve Pilisuk, the author of more than 140 articles on conflict and its resolution, discussing his book Who Benefits from Global Violence and War?
The second will consist of a panel of experts local to Purdue on the impact of war and military spending.
The event is free and open to the public – it will be held in Room 206 of Stewart Center, on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus.
The Saybrook Dialogues, an in-depth examination of topical issues facing the world today, kicks off Thursday, April 1, with additional Dialogues scheduled on April 21 and June 10.
All programs are held at Saybrook’s San Francisco campus, 747 Front Street. Dialogues begin at 7 p.m..
April 1 Dialogue: Leading in the Midst of Change
As leaders (and we are all leaders) our opportunity and challenge is to embrace change, to understand change, and to lead change - within ourselves, our lives, our organizations. This Saybrook Dialogue will focus on tools and practices for leading, and thriving in the midst of change.
Bob Andrews, Director of Executive Coaching for Gap Inc.
Jackie McGrath, Executive Coach
April 21 Dialogue: Appreciative Leadership: Turning Creative Potential into Positive Power
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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) will provide a discount for Saybrook Alumni at the upcoming Food As Medicine (FAM) Program in Washington, DC (June 10-13, 2010) Saybrook Alumni can attend for only $750. Click Here to see the Conference Announcement.