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Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

By author: Peter Godfrey-Smith
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`Brilliant' Guardian Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month (March) SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter?

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The distinguished philosopher of science and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith proposes a differing narrative of nature achieving self-awareness, with the octopus at its centre instead of the usual emphasis on the development of mammals. By unpacking how sucha solitary creature attained such an unusual degree of intelligence, }Other Minds{ casts new light on the workings of the minds of humans as well as cephalopods.