Mr. Ahmadou, Piero Amodio, India discussed on Quirks and Quarks


So you need some smarts in order just to survive. When you're the prey yet. How similar are the brains of cephalopods like the octopus to say in my brain. Skull brain. But it something quite different. Because if you think that India two third of their neurons sale, they are not located in the brains, but they are located in their arms. So in the actus, there's a big level of independence of movement for the arms, they interact with the brain, of course. But they can exhibit some movement without the brain sending an input to the arms. So something completely different from our way of thinking about brains, and of course, about apes and crows. It sounds like the octopus has a more decentralised brain. Yeah. It is. It is. So what kind of evidence do you need then to prove your hypothesis that the octopus and the other suffo- pods developed, big brains and intelligence to escape predators to escape being eaten. Yes. So we need to kind of research in the situation on one hand, we need to do to run several experiment that are trying to figure out different aspect of intelligence, and this was to measure, how smart these guys are and try to make some comparison with other smart animals. These one line of research on the other hand another approach would be to compare. How big is the brain of different species of cephalopod that leaves indifferent environment. And if we would find that cephalopods with bigger brains are one leaving it environment where? More predators or more, different kinds of predators would suggest that perdition played a key role in devotion of their intelligence. Now, if you're hypothesis proves true once it's tested. What would it adds to the whole story about how intelligence can involve? If we find out that our police all true, then this need that there's an alternative path that may lead to intelligence something extremely intriguing because this means that there's more way that lead to Rome. No, just one hour people. Just the start of a potentially very interesting investigation. We just have to collect the data and cross our finger against Mr. Ahmadou. Thank you very much for your time. Thank you for me. Piero Amodio is a PHD candidate in psychology at the university of Cambridge..

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