Gutfreund, Yoram (2019) Who needs a mind when you have thousands of fingers?. Animal Sentience 26(3)
Jennifer Mather, What is in an octopus's mind?
Mather’s target article aligns with a common tendency of granting the octopus a mind or consciousness. But what is the meaning of an octopus’s mind? Is it part of nature or is it observer-dependent, imputed to satisfy our own psychological needs? In this commentary, I build on my own experience with octopuses to challenge the notion that we can conclusively attribute a mind to an animal; and I question the scientific usefulness of doing so.
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