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What do animals know, and how do they know it? Author Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses his latest book, an inquiry into the origins of animal intelligence considering ocean creatures from sponges and shrimp to octopuses and whale sharks. These animals hold surprising lessons for some of philosophy's most vexing puzzles: how animals first folded the raw materials of nature into minds, why it worked, and what sort of thing a mind might be, whether it belongs to a sea slug, a crow, or ourselves.
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Peter Godfrey-Smith is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. He is the author of six books, including Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2016, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a precursor to his previous book, Metazoa.
Mary Miller is a science writer, producer, and director for the Exploratorium’s partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With an academic background in marine biology and science communication, she's spent time with fascinating minds in some of the most interesting places in the world: Antarctica, Greenland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, aboard NOAA’s exploration ship the Okeanos Explorer, various NASA facilities, and the Exploratorium.
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