Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
9 September 2010

Invitation: Public Lecture by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

The Chief Justice of South Africa, the Hon. Mr Justice Sandile Ngcobo, will deliver the first Claude Leon public lecture on the topic:

“The importance of public confidence in the judiciary in South Africa”

Date: Thursday 16th September

Time: 17h30

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT

Please join us afterwards for drinks and snacks

RSVP: Rene 021 650 3072 or Rene.Francke@uct.ac.za

Sponsored by Juta Publisher

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