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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness | Peter Godfrey-Smith
A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousnessPeter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also an accomplished 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 intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. New research shows that these marvelous creatures display remarkable gifts. What does it mean that intelligence on earth has evolved not once but twice? And that the mind of the octopus is nonetheless so different from our own? Combining science and philosophy with firsthand accounts of his cephalopod encounters, Godfrey-Smith shows how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak. By tracing the problem of consciousness back to its roots and comparing the human brain to its most alien and perhaps most remarkable animal relative, Godfrey-Smith's "Other Minds" sheds new light on one of our most abiding mysteries.
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ravenlee
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Pickpick

Very interesting look at what consciousness is and how it developed three separate times (vertebrates, and probably separately in octopuses and squid/cuttlefish). I‘m not sure I understood it all, but a good read. Thanks to @jmofo who gave me this one!

I‘m at 2:44 so far for #24B42020, nowhere near where I‘d like to be but the readathon is young! I also took a break to get a haircut and a mini-facial.

@TheReadingMermaid @jb72 @Andrew65

Andrew65 It‘s still a good start and there are five days. 😊👏👏 2mo
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ravenlee
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About 2/3 through this one (was halfway at readathon start), and around 1.5 hours so far. Unfortunately I‘m having trouble concentrating on it because kiddo got exactly what she wanted from Santa and has this fascinating non-stop play narration going on. 😆 She‘s been giving her dolls makeovers with the new beauty kit for three days now.

#24B42020

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SupTeaReadBooks
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#adventrecommends day 20!

This is absolutely fascinating, and at times hilarious. I can thoroughly recommend it - unless you really enjoy calamari.

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llwheeler
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Pickpick

Very much enjoyed this book on cephalopods, blending biology, psychology, and philosophy - and learned quite a few new things! E.g. how their skin colours work. I would have liked a conclusion that brought more of the elements discussed all together, but each section was very interesting.

Pic: me with an octopus at the Quebec aquarium in 2011

Lindy That‘s a large octopus! 5mo
llwheeler @Lindy It was! so cool to watch 5mo
Lindy @llwheeler 🐙❤️ 5mo
batsy Yes, awesome 🐙 photo! The book sounds super fascinating... Adding it to the infinitely expanding TBR 5mo
llwheeler @batsy Thanks! Hahaha gotta love infinitely expanding tbrs... sounds like mine too lol 5mo
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llwheeler
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1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Other Minds; The Loneliest Magician; la petite poule d'eau
2. Probably will be Other Minds (tagged), I'm really enjoying and definitely will finish before the end of the month
3. Hmm... not sure! Maybe Dune

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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SupTeaReadBooks
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Pickpick

Fascinating read which has a good mixture of data and funny anecdotes. I really enjoyed it - but maybe avoid it if you love calamari.

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SupTeaReadBooks
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Onto my fourteenth book of the #summersendreadathon ( @Clwojick )

rwmg How is it? I nearly bought it in Waterstones last Christmas, and regret not doing so. 6mo
Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️ love the #bujo 6mo
SupTeaReadBooks @rwmg I really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting stuff and anecdotes (I also almost picked it up in Waterstones last year, but didn‘t, then it came up on audible so I snapped it up). 6mo
SupTeaReadBooks @Clwojick Thanks! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Reading and enjoying this fascinating book about cephalopod intelligence.

Megabooks Sounds cool! Welcome to Litsy! 👍🏻📚 9mo
SpaceCowboyBooks Thanks! Happy to have found a place for people who love books. 9mo
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Kaylamburson Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you love it here. 9mo
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 Sounds like a fascinating read. 9mo
tpixie Welcome to Litsy!! 🥳📚🥳 9mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 9mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 9mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 9mo
Nute Awesome first post! Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 5mo
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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

This was a fascinating look at the world of cephalopods and the difficulties that are inherent in attempting to understand a mind that is so alien to our own, but I didn‘t feel like the author really got very far with the discussion of consciousness - I don‘t think he even successfully defined it! This was my book about nature for #ReadingWomenChallenge

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academiconbreak
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Pickpick

I've given this book away 2x and now own my 3rd copy. Godfrey-Smith is the kind of academic that can make his topic as engaging for the layman as the specialist. But then, what's more fascinating than octopuses and consciousness? He investigates the history of cephalopod evolution as a way into the philosophy of consciousness on the premise that cephalopods developed intelligence not because they are like us but thru an entirely parallel process.

academiconbreak The diagram shows the vast evolutionary distance between us and octopuses. And yet, they are intelligent in recognizable ways to us. Fascinating. The last chapter is his scuba diving expedition to the underwater city of octopuses. Very cool. 13mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !!🎉🎉you will love it here 13mo
thereadingowlvina Welcome to Litsy!!! 📚💛🤗 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 12mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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I magically went from, “There are zero books I want to read!..” to, “Download EVERYTHING. Put holds on ALL the things! At the same time!!!!”

#helpme😂 #manicreading?

Weaponxgirl Sounds familiar 😂 14mo
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JLaurenceCohen

I don't read a ton of science writing, but Other Minds looks so intriguing.

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ravenlee
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In all the activity yesterday I wasn‘t able to thank @jmofo for this wonderful book that arrived in my mailbox! Thank you so much! It looks like a fascinating read.

jmofo I‘m so glad it made it! I hope you enjoy! 💗🐙 1y
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Ddzmini
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Listening to this on audiobook and made cookies for my daughters work party tomorrow.😋 yum may have to make some extra for us 😝

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 1y
erinreads They look so good! So much peanut butter goodness! 🤤 1y
AlaMich I love those peanut butter/Hershey kiss cookies!! 1y
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Kshakal You are making my mouth water!! 1y
Ddzmini @Tamra @erinreads @AlaMich and @Kshakal I know and I didn‘t get to try any but I‘m going to have to make some just for fun 😋 1y
UwannaPublishme Resistance is futile when it comes to homemade cookies. 😋 1y
Ddzmini @UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣🍪 1y
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Ddzmini
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My next read I can‘t wait to dive in this has been on my TBR for some time and I really wanted read it when I got it but now I am now starting it so excited 😋📖

jmofo This is my hands down favorite book about sea life I have read!!! I hope you enjoy it. (There‘s so much delicious sciencey nougat filling.) 1y
bookcollecter Looks awesome. Had a dream of Sea Urchins last night so possibly a subtle nudge to get a copy of this lol 1y
Ddzmini @jmofo already enjoying 😋📖 1y
Ddzmini @bookcollecter if you like evolution it‘s a definite read 😋📖 1y
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JenniferP
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Pickpick

This is an intriguing look at the mind of the octopus and other cephalopods and how they‘ve evolved parallel to humans. Part evolutionary biology and part philosophy, the book gave me a lot to think about considering the obscure topic.

Aimeesue I love octopuses. They're the ninjas of the sea! 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Pickpick

A fascinating look at what the octopus can tell us about the development of complex minds. Godfrey-Smith considers the difference between sentience and consciousness and his approach brilliantly covers the philosophy and history of science and it's just full of incredible facts.

Aimeesue Such a good book! I adore octopuses, the ninjas of the seas. 2y
Moray_Reads @Aimeesue I really enjoyed it and I particularly like the giant cuttlefish sections. 2y
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Schlinkles
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1. See above
2. They‘re talking about making all the parking around Forsyth Park paid, it‘s exciting in an infuriating way.
3. Nope, got to work and finish school work
4. What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk
5. Will do
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

GarthRanzz 👍🏻 2y
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Schlinkles
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May‘s Happy Hour Book Club pick.

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Oryx
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I love this cover. Excited to learn more about octopus intelligence after loving The Soul of an Octopus. Daisy is excited too #dogsoflitsy

LizzieChantree Great photo! 2y
trazo What a cutie! 🐶😍 2y
Sace Love how zen she looks! 2y
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LibrarianRyan Daisy is adorable. Labradoodle? 2y
Oryx @LibrarianRyan Goldendoodle, almost the same thing 😀 2y
LibrarianRyan @Oryx that would have been my second guess. When they are not standing it's hard to tell. I have a ratapoo or a rat doodle myself. 2y
Oryx @LibrarianRyan Doodles and poos are the best 2y
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TCLinrow
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#litsyisthebestINT

What's a holiday without a trip to the bookstore? I'll never know, because I'm sure they call to me with their siren song. My latest holiday haul 😆😁📚

 @callielafleur

callielafleur That's an excellent haul! 💜💜 2y
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Jamesfahyauthor
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What are you reading this weekend? I picked this up in Oxford the other week and am looking forward to dipping In 👍🏻 happy Sunday Litterns 💕

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Redwitchgreen
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This one I have high hopes for though....

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Ddzmini
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So I have some more books one from the mail and two I bought 😝 I did say I had a problem with buying books even though I have some at home I haven‘t read yet 🤣📖📚📚📚

MinDea We are reading women in the castle in February for #LitsyBuddyRead! @LitsyBuddyRead 2y
Bookladylinda I‘m thinking about purchasing Gunslinger Girl, I simply love the cover!!! 2y
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Ddzmini @MinDea ok I start class so I may or may not be able to keep up with everyone in the buddyread and I‘ve never actually done that so I would like to try it ☺️ 2y
Ddzmini @Bookladylinda I‘m giving new books a try and I read the cover so it seems like a different read for me 2y
Ddzmini @Amvs1111 I‘ve heard nothing but good reviews about the book plus it seems interesting so I‘m all for reading it 2y
SilversReviews I enjoyed THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE. 2y
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SumisBooks
Mehso-so

The narrative was a little dry to the layman on the subject. Lots of data collected over many years of research reside in this book. The author has obviously done their homework here. There's some great information here. For anyone who's interested in biology, this would be a good read. However I definitely do not recommend this to the casual reader. It will come off as boring.

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Lindy
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Pickpick

Sometimes the content of this science #audiobook was a little dry, but it‘s a pick overall because octopuses (and other cephalopods) are fascinating. Their brains are distributed throughout their bodies. They can fit through a space the size of their eyeball. They use tools in complex ways. They have individual personalities. They‘re like intelligent alien beings…except they originated in the same place as humans did: Earth‘s oceans. 🐙

MrBook Love this review! 2y
Lindy @MrBook Thanks! Are you a fan of 🐙 ? 2y
MrBook They are amazing creatures! Wish I could have one 😕. When I was a kid, I visited a house that had an aquarium that was a whole wall(!), and I thought if I could ever do that, I would have an octopus in there, lol, among other creatures too, like fish and starfish and sea horses. 2y
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Lindy @MrBook A wall-size aquarium would be wonderful. I don‘t snorkel often, but when I do, I feel like I‘m inside an aquarium. Probably because I have only been to the ocean occasionally, but have looked for hours into aquariums. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Great review! Agreed that it was sometimes dry, but generally just so cool! 2y
Lindy @Lkelly 👯‍♂️ 2y
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Lindy
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When you dive into the sea, you dive into the origins of us all.

(I was on an island with no wifi for the past few days. This audiobook was perfect company for being by the ocean.)

TrishB Looks beautiful 😊 2y
AceOnRoam The colour of the water is beautiful 💙 2y
merelybookish Sounds like a great place to be! 2y
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Lindy @TrishB @AceOnRoam @merelybookish Thanks. North Stradbroke Island off the coast of Brisbane: a gorgeous place with wild kangaroos and koalas. 😃 2y
AceOnRoam Ohh, I've been camping there! 2y
Lindy @AceOnRoam 👍👍👍Do you live in Brisbane or nearby? (edited) 2y
AceOnRoam I lived in Brissy from 2005 to 2013, I was in Clayfield mostly. Beautiful city. Lovely weather 🌸🌱🍍🌴 2y
Marchpane Is that Cylinder Beach behind you? My fave holiday spot (I'm from Brissy too 😊) 2y
Lindy @Marchpane What a keen eye! That is indeed Cylinder Beach. We were in a lovely holiday home tucked away in trees (owned by friends of a friend) just 5 minutes walk from the beach. 2y
Cinfhen Lovely 😍 2y
batsy That looks like utter bliss 💙 2y
Marchpane Those waves gave it away! 💕💕it's a special place. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Wonderful all around!!! And a great book! 👍😁 2y
LeahBergen Wonderful! 2y
Lindy @Marchpane The turquoise colour —I just couldn‘t get over the colour. 2y
Lindy @Lkelly Cephalopods are so interesting. 😊 2y
Lindy @Marchpane I‘m in Brisbane until Dec 29 if you are available for a Litsy meet-up. And perhaps @Sue also, if she has time? 2y
Sue @Lindy @Marchpane I‘m keen! 2y
AceOnRoam Oh, bugger. I am back in Turkey now. Have a fun meet up ladies! 2y
Cinfhen How fun!!! #litsymeetup 2y
Marchpane @lindy @sue that sounds great! My contact is millarm at gmail 2y
Lindy @AceOnRoam Aww, too bad. 2y
Lindy @Marchpane @sue I can be reached at my yahoodotcom address. Use my first and last name. 😊 2y
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Marchpane
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#AllTheBooksOf2017 #favoritebookcoverof2017

Limiting this to books I read this year - and I couldn't pick just one! I'm very drawn to bright colours and simple but bold images on book covers 😍

Kalalalatja Great covers! 2y
UrsulaMonarch Lovely!! 2y
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twohectobooks
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#novemberbythenumbers #eight

Discovered via the #goodreadschoiceawards and added to my #tbr!

Seekingtardis Octopi are my FAVORITE THING EVER!! 2y
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Jamiedemo
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Pickpick

Epic & astonishing, superbly enlightening, I'll read this again.

speljamr This book was really good. I'm fascinated by these creatures. 2y
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Expandingbookshelf
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"When you dive into the sea, you dive into the origin of us all." ????

So READ THIS BOOK K

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[DELETED] 3806221538
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Can't say enough about this. Strange isn't it? The more we know, the less we can eat.

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k.reads
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Pickpick

Fantastic! The focus is more on philosophy than biology and I enjoyed that. So many things to ponder! Worth it for the description of the octopus "symphony" alone. ?

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speljamr
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Pickpick

The octopus is a truly fascinating creature, along with it's various cousins. This book explores the independent rise of intelligence in this evolutionary line and how it relates to our definition of consciousness. Highly recommended if this topic interests you. #science #philosophy #neuroscience

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k.reads
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On being profoundly ignored by a cuttlefish.

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shanaqui
Pickpick

Actually makes me want to go diving and meet octopi and cuttlefish.

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shanaqui
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As if I needed to start another new book... Train reading!

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Marchpane
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Pickpick

Engrossing, insightful, slightly rambling book about intelligence, evolution and the wonders of biological diversity. Read it for the section on ageing alone - why do we age, and why do different species have varying natural lifespans? Also for the cool octo-facts 🐙🦑🌊

#nonfictionchallenge17

jpmcwisemorgan I liked this one too. I read it around the same time I heard a Nerd Nite talk on cephalopods so it made it all that more interesting. 3y
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Misanthropester
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Pickpick

A fascinating work melding biology & philosophy in a nuanced & engaging manner

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Misanthropester
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"evolution of the mind"

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Misanthropester
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"...suffused with nervousness..."

Marchpane I'm reading this one right now as well - it's fascinating. 3y
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Misanthropester
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Evolution of the Cephalopods

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Misanthropester
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Looking forward to this one...

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Marchpane
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LeeRHarry I've ordered Prisoners of Geography because of @BookishMarginalia 😊 3y
ReadingEnvy I hope you like Enigma Variations! I didn't know anything about it and it really resonated with me. 3y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜💜 3y
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Genrebending
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Pickpick

Book two of #biblioweekend is a delightful and lively mix of philosophy, neuroscience, and biology. Some questions are (possibly) answered, many more are raised, with much food for thought and wonder. Out in December from FSG. #Cephalopods #octopus #cuttlefish #FSG #science #nonfiction

ColleenLindsay If you like this, you should also read Soul of an Octopus! 3y
Genrebending @ColleenLindsay this one is better! I found Soul of an Octopus to be somewhat problematic, to be honest. 3y
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