Saturday, November 27, 2010

octopuses

I think they are my new favorite animal (except for most cat species). They are crazy!

They eat sharks:


They imitate bunches of other, very diverse, species:



And now it looks like they might have an entirely different kind of intelligence* from what we usually think of (in closely-related vertebrates like humans, chimpanzees, and dolphins). It's already thought to be the most intelligent invertebrate, but with fully half of its neurons distributed among its arms, it may be that each arm has a separate pseudo-mind of its own.

And learning that there is more than one kind of intelligence even on our own single planet points the way towards even greater diversity on others.

Man, science is so cool.

*Stolen from MR

1 comment:

JohnRaymond said...

I wouldn't have guessed that could happen. Good technique: get those jaws immobilized ASAP.