Other Minds

Other Minds

The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

Paperback268pp Illustrated233x153mm

9780008226312     Product Code: 509016


In this investigation of the relationship between mind and matter a philosopher of science follows the evolutionary journey of cephalopods, whose acquisition of intelligence took a different route from that of mammals and birds. Asking what kind of inner life the octopus has, Godfrey-Smith explains what we know about its cognition and describes his own encounters with the creatures – ‘probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien’.

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