The report of the first speaker Pavel Usanov was called "Hayek as a critic of scientism" and was devoted to the ideas of Hayek expressed in the book "The Counter-Revolution of Science." Pavel spoke about the Hayek criticism of unjustified, uncritical application of scientific methods of research to social sciences. He spoke about the specifics of economic information and told about the dispute between economists on the correctness of the use of mathematical language and quantitative research. Further he explained why, in his opinion, scientism inevitably leads to statism. The main sources of anti-capitalism, according to Usanov, is, on the one hand, Marxism and on the other, scientism which is closely related statism (through the technocratic line). According to Usanov, scientism is associated with statism because if we calculated that something leads to something according to "objective" scientific laws, then there is a strong temptation to interfere with the hands of the state and push economic agents to this scientifically correct result.
The conference ended with a report by Grigory Bazhenov. "The Relevance of the Pretence of Knowledge for Modern Economics", dedicated to Hayek's Nobel lecture. Bazhenov said that Hayek's influence is underestimated in economics circles, despite the fact that Hayek is still one of the most quoted Nobel laureates. Gregory also described how Hayek adopted Karl Popper's methodological ideas regarding falsificationism and noted that Hayek's attitude to mathematics was not as negative as it is commonly believed. The report caused many questions and some polemical speech by prof. A.V. Kovalev from the Belarusian National Technical University.