[Marxism] Fwd: Squishy Sentience - Los Angeles Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Aug 5 05:26:51 MDT 2017

Godfrey-Smith is intrigued by the octopus for some of the same reasons I 
like studying insects: they force me to throw away the crutch of close 
evolutionary affiliation that primatologists rely upon. Octopuses are 
like us, but they raise the question of how, and perhaps more 
interesting, why they are like us. Assuming we are both conscious, it is 
virtually impossible to suppose we inherited that quality from a common 
ancestor — we were last linked hundreds of millions of years ago, with 
many forebears in between who have the sentience of a breadbox. The 
octopus forces us to consider how the mind comes to be, separate from 
its existence in humans. In short, Other Minds doesn’t use the octopus 
merely as an excuse to talk about people, though to be sure it helps us 
understand the possible meaning of consciousness in both species.

full: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/squishy-sentience

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