Have you ever taken a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course? MOOCs are open access, unlimited participation courses that you can take from many leading Universities.
University of Edinburgh lecturers Dr Kenny Smith and Dr Suilin Lavelle filmed here at Edinburgh Zoo this summer to highlight many aspects of their course.
The full online MOOC entitled Philosophy and the Sciences is 8 weeks long and is split in 2 parts.
The discussions and topics in Part 2 are wonderfully highlighted by our capuchins and chimpanzees here in Living Links and the Budongo Trail.
Kenny and Suilin discuss how animals have not only evolved by physically adapting to their environment but also mentally. In addition they discuss how social learning can create animal traditions or cultures. Cultures such as different means of using tools in various chimpanzee or capuchin groups.
Click on the link below to sign up to the MOOC!