‘Scientifically investigating the belief in God’
Sean Davison is a professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Head of the Forensic DNA Laboratory at the University of the Western Cape. His lab specialises in identifying individuals from highly degraded DNA and identified the anti-apartheid activists exhumed from mass graves revealed during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.
He was the co-founder of the Innocence Project SA, an organisation that seeks the exoneration of wrongfully imprisoned people on the basis of DNA testing that was not done at the time of their trial.
Professor Davison holds a PhD in Molecular Virology, and is currently researching cognitive neuroscience; his present focus is on brain-imaging studies that question our belief systems.
Further information and venue details may be obtained from the Winelands secretary at the address above.
Membership eligibility testing in Somerset West.
*R 130 per person – discounted to R 100 per person for groups of four or more people. Scholars and full-time students in possession of a valid student ID also pay R 100 per person.
To register, send an email to the National Administrator.
Mensa Winelands’ Discussion SIG meets again on Wednesday 2 August at the home of Erik Eloff and Louise Lindenberg in Stellenbosch,
This informal discussion group meets monthly to enjoy each other’s company, and lively group discussion on diverse topics – the subject for our August meeting is:
‘If I could do it over again’
Whether you are an active contributor to the discussion, or would just like to come and listen, we’d be delighted if you joined us!
Please bring whatever you’re drinking with you.
RSVP to give us an idea of numbers attending; if you would like to be included in the Discussion SIG WhatsApp notification group, please include your cellphone number.
It’s been well over a year since Winelands treated its members to a private tour of the Parliamentary artwork collection and since then our numbers have tripled, with well over two-thirds of our members not having been around at the time to enjoy the excursion.
Consequently, we’re delighted to be able to offer another opportunity to view the art and heritage of our Parliament in Cape Town.
Parliament is the custodian of more than 5 000 pieces of heritage art, worth almost R 50 million. Only 300 pieces are still in plain sight – former speaker Frene Ginwala decided to remove most of the art amid controversy in 1996. The remainder is stored in an access- and climate-controlled environment.
Activists at the time argued that the new democratic government was attempting to censor Afrikaner, colonial and apartheid history.
Join us for an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of little-known rare art not available to the general public, with the head of the Parliamentary Artwork Collection, Lila Komnick.
Note that numbers are limited and that you will be required to provide a copy of your ID prior to the event.
Further information and booking with the Winelands Secretary.