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Octopus are quite intelligent, if all you want is dead fish

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Can anyone believe it? Just when Darwin’s mob has electrified the corpse of the gene for intelligence in humans, we learn more about why octopus are—totally contrary to Darwin and not in conformity with anyone’s bureaucracy, quite intelligent.:

In one experiment, Anderson and his colleagues gave a female giant Pacific octopus named Billy a plastic bottle of herring with a childproof cap. In 55 minutes, she figured out that she needed to push and turn the lid simultaneously and was able to open it; with practice, she could do the trick in five minutes. An octopus can also learn to distinguish vertical from horizontal bars and the letter “V” from “W.”

There is no tree of intelligence.

6 Replies to “Octopus are quite intelligent, if all you want is dead fish

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    Mung says:

    “There is no tree of intelligence.”

    Convergent evolution then!

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    Mung says:

    Speaking of Octopodes and fishes! 🙂

    The fact is that the day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year, eon-to-eon constancy in the Earth’s mean temperature and climatic constancy has a very great deal to do with the non-contingent fitness of many of the core constituents that make up the Earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere.

    Water is the prime example.

    Is Earth’s Apparent Design for Life Simply the “Most Severe Case of Observational Bias in the History of Science”?

    The topic appears to be worthy of an entire book!

    Water and Life: The Unique Properties of H2O

    At what point to does coincidence become miracle?

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    Mung says:

    Another great article on H2O by Michael Denton at ENV.

    The Cold Trap: How It Works

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    Mung says:

    In all its phases, water is a unique contributor to the habitability of the planet.

    Water and Life: The unique Properties of H2O p. 237


    I used to think science could investigate miracles, now I don’t think so so much. The miraculous is everywhere. Science itself is miraculous. Apparently being a scientist means ignoring what is right in front of your face. Not sure I could be a scientist. 🙂

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    Mung says:

    Water vapor above the liquid ocean has a pronounced concentration gradient as it decreases with increasing altitude and decreasing temperature. Consequently, an optically thick water vapor layer radiates the upwelling IR from the surface back downward. Energy is thus trapped near the surface, maintaining surface temperatures above freezing and ensuring a high water-vapor pressure. The upper, optically thinner layer emits IR radiation to space that is approximately characteristic of a black body at 255 K. This process cools the upper, optically thin layer, which overlies the heated warmer water vapor layer described above. The result is convective instability leading to cloud formation and precipitation in the troposphere, below the radiatively controlled stratosphere with its vertically stabilizing temperature inversion.

    Water and Life: The unique Properties of H2O p. 237

    But as AVS would say, it’s all just chemistry.

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    Mung says:

    More “just chemistry” on display at ENV:

    A Stunning New Illustration of Intelligent Design in the Cell

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