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 author of the bestselling memoir Affection; the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine; and the Thomas Shapcott Award–winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. Her novel An Uncertain Grace was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Norma K Hemming Award and the Aurealis awards, while Wintering was longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award and shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the QLA for Fiction and A Work of State Significance. She is currently developing two TV series with TAN and a feature film with Like a Photon. Krissy has previously written and directed broadcast television documentaries with SBS and ABC TV. She is the current Copyright Agency Ltd Non-Fiction Fellow.