Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Other Minds casts a new light on the mind of the octopus, and on our own. Although mammals and birds are regarded as the smartest creatures on Earth, it has lately emerged that a distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, particularly the octopus. Peter, a philosopher of science and a scuba diver, talks to Krissy Kneen about the intelligence of cephalopods and their fascinating evolutionary lineage. 

Peter Godfrey-Smith (Australian)

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith studied at the University of Sydney and the University of California at San Diego. He has taught philosophy at Stanford, Harvard, Australian National University, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the University of Sydney. He is the author of five books, including Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life.

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir Affection, and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television. Her latest book is Wintering.