ENDNOTE: How little we understand about ourselves and our world

2018-Dec-15

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html

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Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why?

  • It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.
  • An octopus in an aquarium in Brest, France. The animals are highly intelligent, but researchers are uncertain how the trait evolved.CreditFred Tanneau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
  • An octopus in an aquarium in Brest, France. The animals are highly intelligent, but researchers are uncertain how the trait evolved. CreditCreditFred Tanneau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By Carl Zimmer
Nov. 30, 2018

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Mr. Amodio said that scientists still need to learn a lot more about cephalopods before they can know if this hypothesis is sound. But the research may do more than shine a light on octopuses and their cousins: It could give us a deeper understanding of intelligence in general.

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I often wonder when I see people (i.e., politicians, bureaucrats, “celebrities”, pundits) how people can be so “dumb”.  The memes that propagate through the human population are “interesting”.  Some are helpful (i.e.: “look both ways before crossing”; “early to bed and early to rise … …”; the seven P’s) and others are dangerous (i.e.: “mind altering drugs expand your horizons”; “if one is good, more must be better”; fanatical religions).  I do know, as much as anyone can “know” anything, the octopus has a better “grasp” of life that some people do.  Maybe even me?

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