Other Minds (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
272
Utgivningsdatum
2017-03-09
Förlag
William Collins
Illustratör/Fotograf
20 b, w illus
Illustrationer
20 b/w illus, (8-page colour plate section)
Dimensioner
234 x 152 x 20 mm
Vikt
377 g
Komponenter
,
ISBN
9780008226312
Other Minds (häftad)

Other Minds

The Octopusand the Evolution of Intelligent Life

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What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself - a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind's fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so - a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually 'think for themselves'? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind - and on our own.
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Praise for Other Minds: 'To investigate these astonishing animals with such empathy and rigour is achievement enough. To do so while casting light on the birth and nature of consciousness, as Peter Godfrey-Smith does here, is captivating.' China Mieville, author of Kraken 'In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a philosopher, skilfully combines science, philosophy and his experiences of swimming among these tentacled beasts to illuminate the origin and nature of consciousness.' The Economist 'I love this book, its masterful blend of natural history, philosophy, and wonder ... It's a captivating story, and Peter Godfrey-Smith brings it alive in vivid, elegant prose ... A must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of the mind - ours and the very other, but equally sentient, minds of the cephalopods.' Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds 'Exciting, dramatic, vivid, revelatory, this book is full of jaw dropping ideas and thrilling possibilities. In beautiful, clear, evocative writing, the diver-philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith will transform your understanding of the nature of life, the course of evolution, and the development of the mind - ours and others'.' Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus, US National Book Award finalist

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Peter Godfrey-Smith is a distinguished professor of philosophy at City University of New York and a professor of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of four books, including Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award for an outstanding work on the philosophy of science. His underwater videos of octopuses have been featured in National Geographic and New Scientist.