Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Other Minds casts a new light on the mind of the octopus, and on our own. Although mammals and birds are regarded as the smartest creatures on Earth, it has lately emerged that a distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, particularly the octopus. Peter, a philosopher of science and a scuba diver, talks to Krissy Kneen about the intelligence of cephalopods and their fascinating evolutionary lineage. 

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of nine books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2018 and won the Thomas Shapcott Award in 2014. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC TV and is currently developing TV series and Feature films with STAN and SBS and Madman entertainment.