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message 1: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1668 comments Mod
For September 2018, we will be reading Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness.

Please use this thread to post questions, comments, and reviews, at any time.


message 2: by Renata (last edited Sep 04, 2018 12:15PM) (new)

Renata Riva | 11 comments I always like reading books about animal behaviour and this one was really interesting. The author obviously enjoys observing octopuses and cuttlefish and he does a good job at conveying his enthusiasm.


Consciousness is still difficult to define, but it is interesting how creatures that look so different from us can still share our curiosity and need to interact with the world.


message 3: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1668 comments Mod
Scientists give ecstacy to octopi and suddenly they're more social:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/sc...


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Nancy Mills (nancyfaym) | 403 comments I read this book last year and found it just magical. The author has a great blog with absolutely stunning photos and videos: http://metazoan.net/65-blue-water/
As for the issue of consciousness, I think we've barely scratched the tip of the iceberg (I know, mixed metaphor.) Imagine having a brain that extends throughout your body, into your (8) arms?!


message 5: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1668 comments Mod
I've been dreaming about octopuses. :)


message 6: by Renata (new)

Renata Riva | 11 comments Nancy wrote: "I read this book last year and found it just magical. The author has a great blog with absolutely stunning photos and videos: http://metazoan.net/65-blue-water/
As for the issue of consciousness, I..."


The photos are really stunning. Thank you for posting the link.


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Nancy Mills (nancyfaym) | 403 comments Renata wrote: "Nancy wrote: "I read this book last year and found it just magical. The author has a great blog with absolutely stunning photos and videos: http://metazoan.net/65-blue-water/
As for the issue of co..."

You're welcome! My favorite blog...


message 8: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Mills (nancyfaym) | 403 comments Here is the author, writing about the ecstasy experiment...
http://metazoan.net/68-octos-on-e/


message 9: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1668 comments Mod
I really enjoyed this book. Here is my review.


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