This cephalopodcast was first broadcast on 9 April 2011.
How do animals think? Do they have consciousness? If your answer to that question is ‘yes’, you’re probably thinking of your pet dog. But dogs are easy: they’re domesticated, they more of less co-evolved with us. Apes are easy too: they’re our cousins. But what about octopuses? An octopus has neurons in its arms, and it has eight arms, so does it have eight brains, or nine counting the one in the head? This week on The Philosopher’s Zone, we investigate an intelligence very unlike our own.
- Peter Godfrey-Smith
- Professor of Philosophy
City University of New York