Posts by University of Cape Town

Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

In this post lead educator Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, on our exciting new course Extinctions: Past and Present, talks about what led her into the field of palaeobiology and why getting more people involved in science is so crucial.

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How can we make Education for All a reality?

Judith Mckenzie is a lead educator on the University of Cape Town’s free online course, Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion. In this post, she discusses how we can include disability in our schools and the benefits this can bring for everyone.

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Opening Pandora’s Box: Perspectives on understanding human origins and disease

Professor Steve Reid is one of the educators on the University of Cape Town’s course Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare. In this post he explores how two academics from very different fields have investigated health and disease, and why bringing them together is important.

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Thinking and feeling: what’s the difference?

Professor Mark Solms is the lead educator on the University of Cape Town’s free online course “What Is a Mind?” Here, he discusses the difference between thinking and feeling, and the role that instinct plays. The distinction between thinking and feeling (cognition and emotion) is obviously a fundamental one in relation to what the mind…

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Creating a productive dialogue between science and the arts

Professor Steve Reid is one of the lead educators on the University of Cape Town’s free online course, “Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare.” Here, he discusses the potential of thinking in an interdisciplinary way about medicine, the arts and humanities.   Science has been constructed as a separate endeavour to art and the humanities,…

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What is a mind? One of the great mysteries of our time

Professor Mark Solms is the lead educator of the University of Cape Town’s free online course, “What Is a Mind?” Here, he discusses how he approaches this question – one of the great mysteries of our time. “What is a mind?” is an extremely important question. For what are you if not your mind? Psychology…

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Introducing medical humanities: a new, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare

Susan Levine and Steve Reid of the University of Cape Town are lead educators on “Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare.” This free online course provides an introduction to the emerging field of “medical humanities.” Here, they explain what the field is and why taking an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare is so important. In 2013, the National Research Foundation…

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