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