Book-a-Day Challenge: Day 15+16

The recommendation today comes from the deepest corners of the sea. This wonderful book about one of my favorite creatures: The Octopus 🙂

This extract from the publishers site tells you best why this is the book makes a great present:

„What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself – a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared.

Tracking the mind’s fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so – a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take.

But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually ‘think for themselves‘? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind – and on our own.“

Published by Harper Collins.

Day 24 – Under the Christmas Tree

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Not quite under the x-mas tree (yet), but in my last Advent calendar package! This most wonderful book about the fascinating minds of the Octopus and the evolution of intelligent life.

“Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this creature. —Claudius Aelianus, third century A.D., writing about the octopus”

Can’t wait to start reading this – what was under the tree for you?

Thanks a lot for being part of my Challenge again this year. It was fun.

Have a wonderful bookish xmas and a great 2018 – thanks for being part of this here – highly appreciated. This blog wouldn’t be half as much fun without you guys.

xoxox