Had these book-marked for some time.
“The Sucker, the Sucker!” by Amia Srinivasan in the LRB, and
“Squishy Sentience” by Marlene Zuk in the LARB, both reviewing
“Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life” by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Partly because Peter Godfrey-Smith is referenced by Dan Dennett, and I’ve yet to read anything of his first-hand, partly because the conjunction of the two subjects the Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life promises an interesting alien perspective and partly because someone called PGS “the Oliver Sacks of Cephalopods” and Sacks is also an interest of mine.
[Post Note: And another Octopus intelligence “review” here.]
[And more – this one closing the loop with the immediate preceding post – here is Anil Seth’s take on Octopus “Alien Consciousness”.]