Other Minds

The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Recommended by Susan Blackmore, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #6 in Consciousness, Ranked #7 in Marine Biologysee more rankings.

Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own?...


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