Farrar, Straus and Giroux Metazoa: Animal Life & the Birth of the Mind
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Metazoa: Animal Life & the Birth of the Mind

Metazoa: Animal Life & the Birth of the Mind

By Peter Godfrey-Smith

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Publication Date: November 10, 2020

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The scuba-diving philosopher who wrote Other Minds explores the origins of animal consciousness

In his acclaimed 2016 book Other Minds, the philosopher and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith explored the mind of the octopus—the closest thing to an intelligent alien on earth, as he put it. In Metazoa, Godfrey-Smith expands his inquiry to animals at large, investigating the evolution of subjective awareness with the assistance of the far flung species he has met undersea. Combining vivid animal encounters with philosophical reflections and the latest news from biology, Metazoa reveals that even in our hi-tech, AI-driven times, there is no understanding minds without understanding nerves, muscles, and our active bodies. The result is a story as rich and vibrant as life itself, one that explains the mystery of animal consciousness in accessible and riveting prose.

About the Author

Peter Godfrey-Smith is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness as well as Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

ISBN: 9780374207946

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