Thursday, June 4, 2015


What form will other intelligence in the universe take? It is hard to fathom that humans are the most intelligent beings in the entire universe. Will they be little green men, robots or spiny insectoids?

I can not think of a much more alien form than the Octopus, with their rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms. These invertebrates inhabit every ocean on our planet and it turns out that they are much more intelligent than I ever realized. Monkeys, whales and humpbacks rush to mind when I think of "intelligent" animals.

While their learning capability is still much debated, Octopuses are believed to be highly intelligent, more so than any other kind of invertebrates. Wow!

The revelation was made to me through an opinion piece about the Giant Pacific Octopus published in the Seattle Times Seattle Timesover the weekend.

"It has unearthly superpowers: It can taste with its skin; it can resist a pull 1,000 times its own weight; it can change color and shape, squirt ink and inject venom; it can grow to more than 100 pounds, yet pour its baggy, boneless body through an opening the size of an orange." they are dexterous, enjoy manipulating objects and are really smart with big brains.

After reading the opinion piece, I began scouring the Internet for other articles related to this phenomenon. here are a few:

Planet of the Apes? It’s an OCTOPUS UPRISING we need to worry about: Intelligent eight-tentacled animals could evolve to become even smarter - The Daily Mail

Are octopuses smart? Scientific American

How smart is the Octopus? Slate

I have no doubt that The Octopus is a thinking, feeling animal.  Einstein was right when he said "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

considering we all evolved out of the same primordial ooze, perhaps other intelligent life is right here on the third rock from the sun.

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Location:In bed thinking

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