This article popped up in some feed of mine in the past week, and it’s a quick, fascinating take on the octopus as our best on-earth example of an alien intelligence. It’s a fast read, and makes a compelling case for why octopi, from whom we diverged a long time ago, display signs of consciousness and (thus) are good alien analogs.

Pretty neat both from the “Hey, octopi are cool” perspective and if you’re an SF author interested in writing plausible alien intelligence.

The article by Olivia Goldhill is here.


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