Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?


Mather (2019) presents a compelling case in favour of octopus mind. Surveying an impressive array of empirical literature, she identifies the creature’s playful, inquisitive behaviour as emblematic of a distinctively mental form of agency. I offer an alternative perspective in which curiosity and play are construed as constitutive processes in the emergence of the (predictive) mind.

Author Biography

Andrew W. Corcoran, PhD candidate, Cognition and Philosophy Laboratory, Monash University, and academic research associate, Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, University of South Australia, studies how biological systems adapt to various kinds of uncertainty. Website