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A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness.

Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this audiobook 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 marvellous 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 colours 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.

©2017 Peter Godfrey-Smith (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Faszinierend

Dieses Buch bietet einen guten Überblick darüber, wie sich intelligentes Leben entwickelt haben könnte. So weit ich das beurteilen kann ist Peter Godfrey-Smith in relevanten Gebieten wie Neurowissenschaften, Evolutionstheorie, Verhaltensforschung und Philosophie mehr als nur gut informiert. Dadurch gelingt es ihm Einsichten zu gewinnen, die anderen Autoren vielleicht entgangen wären. Gleichzeitig ist sein Schreibstil so flüssig, dass mir bei der einen oder anderen Passage eine Gänsehaut gekommen ist.

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Super Interesting

A different and very interesting approach to the history of evolution. This book provides a deeper understanding in thinking itself.