Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mollusks evolved brains on four different occasions


One of the early and famous arguments that the philosopher Hilary Putnam made in favor of functionalism involved pointing out how it is likely that humans and octopuses have very different nervous systems while similar mental states such as pains. Here's an interesting and pertinent article on the brains of mollusks:

Mollusks evolved brains on four different occasions