What Octopus Intelligence Reveals About Our Own Consciousness

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Octopuses swim with their arms trailing behind.

Philosopher and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith investigates the remarkable intelligence of cephalopods in his book Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Drawing on scientific research and his own experiences as a diver, he traces the evolution of the octopus in an effort to understand how they became so smart and what it’s like to have eight tentacles that “think for themselves.”