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Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?

Abstract

The first part of this commentary attempts to get "inside" the octopus mind a little further than Mather does, drawing on her description of octopus cognition in many places but diverging in others. The second part outlines other disagreements with her account of the animals, especially in the area of social behavior.

Author Biography

Peter Godfrey-Smith is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University of Sydney. His main research interests are philosophy of biology and philosophy of mind. His books include Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Website

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