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. 

Peter Godfrey-Smith (Australian)

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Peter Godfrey-Smith is professor of history and philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney and distinguished professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has also taught philosophy at Stanford, Harvard, and the Australian National University. He has written five books, the most recent being Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness.

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

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Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the 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. An Uncertain Grace is her latest novel. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television.