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Glen Eira Libraries are open in accordance with the Victorian government COVID-19 guidelines. All visitors to the Glen Eira Libraries, over 18 years, must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption. All visitors over 8 years, must wear a face mask. Our Click and Collect service will remain available to customers who are unable to enter the library for any reason. Glen Eira Libraries are closed on Wednesday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday. For more information and current library hours head to our FAQs page

Other Minds: The Octopus and The Evolution of Intelligent Life

What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter?

In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself – a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared.

What kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually ‘think for themselves'? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind – and on our own.

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