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#308598 - 09/22/18 06:12 PM How the octopus got its smarts
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Elizabeth Finkel
Cosmos
September 17, 2018

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... Anecdotes of the mischievous intelligence of octopuses abound. Individuals have been reported to solve mazes, screw open child-proof medicine bottles and recognise individual people. Keepers are inclined to give them names because of their personalities.

Problem solving, tool use, planning, personality: these are hallmarks of the complex, flexible intelligence that we associate with back-boned animals, mostly mammals.

But a squishy octopus?

Some researchers who study the octopus and its smart cousins, the cuttlefish and squid, talk about a ‘second genesis of intelligence’ – a truly alien one that has little in common with the mammalian design...

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#308600 - 09/22/18 08:02 PM Re: How the octopus got its smarts [Re: Golem]
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I am fairly certain octopi are smarter and more intelligent than humans ... in a matchup between Mr Trump and a generic octopus, I choose Mr Octopus
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#308602 - 09/22/18 08:30 PM Re: How the octopus got its smarts [Re: Golem]
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Fascinating stuff, what I understood of it. I wonder what octopus poetry is like?
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#308608 - 09/24/18 02:32 AM Re: How the octopus got its smarts [Re: Golem]
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A little fishy?
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