Episode 429 – Octopus vs. Human: The Mind-Body Connection


The inspiration for this podcast came from a wonderful article published in the January/February Scientific American Mind by Peter Godfrey-Smith entitled “The Mind of an Octopus”.  I consider this a wonderful article in the truest sense because it’s adapted from Godfrey-Smith’s book, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Carl Safina’s  New York Times review of the book  gives further insight into to why Godfrey-Smith believes that octopuses “are probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien”.

 

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  1. Very interesting information, Myrna. I enjoyed the podcast very much. Thank you for providing it. Being a musician, a pianist specifically, it made me wonder if muscle memory counts as a vestigial remnant of the mind-body connection that we apparently have kept and continue to use very well, but don’t adapt it well to things other than motor activity. Thank you for considering my question.

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