Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

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Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this book, he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself. Mammals and birds are widely seen as the smartest creatures on earth. But one other branch of the tree of life has also sprouted surprising intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. New research shows that these marvelous creatures display remarkable gifts. What does it mean that intelligence on earth has evolved not once but twice? And that the mind of the octopus is nonetheless so different from our own? Combining science and philosophy with firsthand accounts of his cephalopod encounters, Godfrey-Smith shows how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak. By tracing the problem of consciousness back to its roots and comparing the human brain to its most alien and perhaps most remarkable animal relative, Godfrey-Smith's Other Minds sheds new light on one of our most abiding mysteries.

Title : Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
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ISBN : 0374227764
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Julie rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 18, 2017

I wanted to like this book -- I really did -- but unfortunately it just didn't do much for me. First of all, my background and the book's. I studied bio with an emphasis on evolution. This book is about the evolution of octopus brains: a system only distantly linked to our own. An octopus is reall...

Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

August 10, 2017

"When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all." - Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds "Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this creature." - Claudius Aelianus, 3rd Century A.D., writing about the octopus It is always fascinating reading a biology book tha...

Renata rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2017

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, And the Deep Origins of Consciousness Other Minds is one of the most remarkable books I have read - ever! There is much I loved about this book, much that fascinated, intrigued, puzzled, flummoxed, and thoroughly delighted me in this wonderful treasure, but none o...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

December 28, 2016

One of the best books I read this year and not one I had been planning to read. I skimmed a few reviews, which were interesting but did not leave me thinking that I needed to read the full book. But then I started a sample on a whim and was swept away by the carefully observed descriptions of oct...

Emma Sea rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable, fantastic writing, a perfect blend of science and thoughtful, personal responses with a philosophical bent. Highly recommended

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2016

I found this book after reading a NY Times article by the author, "Octopuses and the Puzzle of Aging". The article was fascinating, and at the bottom was a note mentioning it was adapted from this forthcoming book. I don't read as much non-fiction as I should (read: none at all) but I ordered it a...

Richard rated it ★★★☆☆

June 16, 2017

An interesting insight into the evolution of other forms of intelligent life which have developed completely independently of our own. One of those intelligent books which deftly flows between science and philosophy. Godfrey-Smith is a good writer who handles complex ideas with ease. He has resea...

Annie rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2017

10/10 RECOMMEND. The premise: Basically, a philosopher tries to parse out how and why cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish) developed intelligent minds when they split from all other animals we consider to have intelligent minds (e.g. vertebrates like cats, dogs, parrots, monkeys, humans, etc...

Brian rated it ★★★☆☆

March 21, 2017

(3.5) some good stuff about octopus and cuttlefish (wee!) behavior but a lot of fluff / repetition as well. He tries to tackle cephalopod behavior, evolutionary biology and the evolution of consciousness in mammals, birds and cephalopods. The cephalopod behavior is by far the most interesting. The...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

September 17, 2017

The mind is a complex entity, we have only scratched the surface in comprehending how it works and what it is capable of. The neural networks that make up the brain are capable of absorbing vast sums of information and making sense of them fast. The intelligence that we have, and can see in other...

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