Krebber, André; Riedinger, Maike; and Watt, Yvette (2019) Aesthetics and imagining the octopus’s mind. Animal Sentience 26(25)
Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?
Several commentators on Mather’s target article discuss the challenges of finding adequate cognitive methods and concepts for accessing the mind and experience of octopuses. Building on Godfrey-Smith’s commentary, we propose aesthetics as a way. The arts provide means to perform what Godfrey-Smith calls an “imaginative leap” to access the experience of octopuses, especially mimesis. We are trying to do this in our current project Okto-Lab. Laboratory for Octopus Aesthetics.