Book – Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

The Washington Post has an in-dept article on the new book by Peter Godfrey-Smith, titled ‘Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness’. The book tackles the fascinating subject of octopus intelligence, among other things.


Captive octopuses give full rein to that mischievous temperament, learning to pop light bulbs with jetted water, block the outflow of their tanks so they overflow and recognize individual people, squirting those they dislike with water (or perhaps water jets are an aquatic sign of friendship?). With half a billion neurons to play with, there is space for a lot of complexity. Admittedly, that’s only about half a percent of humans’ hardware, but it compares favorably with dogs’.

BoingBoing Science Editor Maggie Koerth-Baker gives an explanation on why octopuses are so awesome:

And Orion Magazine has a tremendous article on octopus intelligence. Here is the follow up article ‘Interviews with an Octopus’:

Only recently have scientists accorded chimpanzees, so closely related to humans we can share blood transfusions, the dignity of having a mind. But now, increasingly, researchers who study octopuses are convinced that these boneless, alien animals — creatures whose ancestors diverged from the lineage that would lead to ours roughly 500 to 700 million years ago — have developed intelligence, emotions, and individual personalities. Their findings are challenging our understanding of consciousness itself.

So, after all of that wonderful information, why the hell would anyone eat an octopus? Here is a list of the worldwide octopus dishes for you to avoid like the plague!

To be safe, you better Go Vegan!


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