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Other minds : the octopus, the sea, and the deep origins of consciousness

Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2016 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
"Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this book, he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself. Mammals and birds are widely seen as the smartest creatures on earth. But one other branch of the tree of life has also sprouted surprising  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Godfrey-Smith
ISBN: 9780374227760 0374227764 9780374537197 0374537194 9780374712808 0374712808
OCLC Number: 957696590
Description: x, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: Meetings across the tree of life : Two meetings and a departure ; Outlines --
A history of animals : Beginnings ; Living together ; Neurons and nervous systems ; The garden ; Senses ; The fork --
Mischief and craft : In a sponge garden ; Evolution of the cephalopods ; Puzzles of octopus intelligence ; Visiting Octopolis ; Nervous evolution ; Body and control ; Convergence and divergence --
From white noise to consciousness : What it's like ; Evolution of experience ; Latecomer versus transformation ; The case of the octopus --
Making colors : The giant cuttlefish ; Making colors ; Seeing colors ; Being seen ; Baboon and squid ; Symphony --
Our minds and others : From Hume to Vygotsky ; Word made flesh ; Conscious experience ; Full circle --
Experience compressed : Decline ; Life and death ; A swarm of motorcycles ; Long and short lives ; Ghosts --
Octopolis : An armful of octopuses ; Origins of Octopolis ; Parallel lines ; The oceans.
Responsibility: Peter Godfrey-Smith.


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A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceOne of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 and a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016, Publishers Weekly"If this is philosophy, it works, because Read more...

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