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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 000822627X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008226275
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.12 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.26 x 1.1 x 9.45 inches
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PETER GODFREY-SMITH is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Metazoa and the bestselling Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize and has since been published in more than twenty languages. He is also the author of four other books, including Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award for an outstanding work on the philosophy of science.

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If you've ever been intrigued by the origins of intelligence, of minds and of subjective experience but haven't delved into it, this is the book for you. Peter Godfrey-Smith does a superb job of summarising the evolution of life from single cell organisms into the various branches we see today. The focus on octopuses and cuttlefish - often contrasted with advanced vertebrate species such as humans, baboons and birds - is incredibly helpful in isolating specific kinds of sentience. In the book he shows how complex neural networks can emerge in response to particular evolutionary pressures, leading to enhanced cognition and a palate of richer 'inner' experiences. (It turns out that octopuses have more neurons in their tentacles than in their brain, that their tentacles are semi-autonomous, and that they can 'see' with their skin.)

His passion for octopuses also shines through and contributes to the readability of the book. The only reason it doesn't get five stars from me is that the prose is a tad try. Nevertheless, he does a great job of distilling complex concepts for the lay reader, and the book reads like a breeze, making it worthwhile for anyone with an interest in these kinds of subjects.
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