Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

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Hardcover, USA, 1st edition.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness is a popular science book by Peter Godfrey-Smith published on 2016-12-06. It explores the origin of consciousness and sentience by comparing how it evolved independently in cephalopods and vertebrates.


While looking for a new non-fiction book to read, this one caught my eye. I'm listening to the audiobook narrated by Peter Noble. I finished it on 2022-04-23.


I don't own this book, but I've read it.



  • There is a lot of information on how the mind of animals evolved.
  • The book has a plethora of interesting facts about octopuses, cuttlefish, and squid. Not just information about how they are now, but also their evolution and divergence from the mammalian common ancestor.
  • The book addresses the latest research on some mysteries about octopuses. For example, how is their color-changing camouflage so good when they're colorblind? And, why do their bodies devote so much energy to their nervous system when they only live a couple of years?


  • Other than a couple isolated segments, I didn't find the book all that interesting to read. It wasn't boring, but it didn't captivate me either.


  • Nothing.



Most English releases use the same art as the original hardcover, just with minor variations to the graphic layout. Most foreign publications use different art.


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