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I started this book knowing a little about the octopus and nothing about cuttlefish. How they would relate to consciousness or the origins of it was a open question. The reviews were interesting, so I used a credit. My only complaint is that one night I stayed up way too late, wanting to finish listening to a chapter.
The author is enamored of these creatures. And it is clear as to why. He has spent many hours with them, not in a lab, but in their natural environment. We get to share this time, and still stay dry. We get to know these animals, and when it comes to the discussion of their short lives and death, I felt an empathy for these creatures I would have never expected.
The philosophical discussion about how consciousness evolved requires the full attention of the listener and is aided enormously by the narrator. He speaks clearly and with a lively intonation. What might have been tedious passages held my interest and left me thinking about the subject long after the book was completed.
For anyone interested in evolution especially of the mind, I highly recommend this book.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
i expected a more observation based book with some interesting facts but it appeared to be way more. there are consciousness theories, evolution and other deeper things discussed inside.
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