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Yet another origin of consciousness book. Which does get something right

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Squid are smart . From book advert:

Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this book, he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself. Mammals and birds are widely seen as the smartest creatures on earth. But one other branch of the tree of life has also sprouted surprising intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. New research shows that these marvelous creatures display remarkable gifts. What does it mean that intelligence on earth has evolved not once but twice? And that the mind of the octopus is nonetheless so different from our own? More.

What it means is that intelligence underlies the universe. But people freak out when we mention that.

See also: Would we give up naturalism to solve the hard problem of consciousness?


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The origin of consciousness is not the only problem for materialists or evolutionists. How about the origin of aesthetics or abstract thinking? Yeah, materialists and especially Darwinists must have all that figured out otherwise they would be believe it would they? J-Mac

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