‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith

‘Octopuses And Other Brains’

Score: 5/5

I find the study of consciousness fascinating but I wasn’t sure what I’d make of a book that investigated it by examining octopus behaviour. Turns out I enjoyed all the octopus and cephalopod bits of the book more than the consciousness studies.

Octopuses come across as charming, curious, playful creatures. I’ve no idea what I’d make of them if I visited their world, or what they’d make of me. But their camouflage, colour changing, ability to squeeze through improbably tiny holes, and all-too-short lifespan make them come across as wonderful little critters.

It does make a good lens to study consciousness and its evolution. But I got much more fun just learning about octopuses.

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