Open-mindedness, critical thinking and education

Open-mindedness is the idea that the knowledge and beliefs that you currently hold will not cause you to dismiss new information because it disagrees with what you already know or believe. If you are unwilling to consider new ideas because they disagree with what you think or believe, you are close-minded to the ideas. In their 2012 article “The psychology of closed and open mindedness, rationality and democracy”, published in Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society, Arie W. Kruglanski and Lauren M. Boyatzi of the Psychology department of the University of Maryland argue that being open-minded and close-minded depends on the reason for learning. So the reasons why you consider new information are just as important as the information itself, because of the influence the reasons have on your mind.

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Miss Grand South Africa represents SA in Vegas


Caitlin Harty is a former UP student and currently holds the title of Miss Grand South Africa. Harty studied drama at UP and acting at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Perdeby interviewed Harty about Miss Grand International, where she is currently competing with 80 different countries from around the world in Las Vegas.

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Buzz-Kill: bees facing extinction


Once abundant on the tropical shores of Hawaii and now threatened by extinction, seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees were added to the endangered species list on 30 September. These are not the only species of bee that are dwindling. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services have already proposed adding the rusty-patched bumblebee, a species that was once abundant in the upper mid-western and north-eastern parts of America, to the list. Adding bees to the endangered species list allows access to funding for recovery programs and measures to protect the species.

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Help Portrait Pretoria: The picture of community


You have a job interview today. You have a warm shower and make sure that you look presentable. You print a copy of your CV that you spent the previous night going over with a fine-toothed comb, wondering whether you should or shouldn’t add that you won a reading prize in Grade 7. Without realising it, this entire routine is something that is taken for granted.

With the number of unemployed people always increasing and the resulting rise of homelessness, many individuals don’t have the opportunity to hand in a CV or take a photograph in which they appear clean and well-dressed.

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New Cites regulations for South Africa


The 17th Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference of the Parties (COP17) was hosted in Johannesburg from 24 September to 4 October. Cites is an international intergovernmental agreement that aims to regulate the trade of wildlife and plants to ensure their conservation and continued survival. The triennial event was attended by around 2 500 representatives from various governments and organisations and was hailed by Cites as the “largest ever world wildlife conference”. The conference resulted in various decisions and new regulations that will directly affect the trade and protection of African wildlife such as elephants, lions and African grey parrots.

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