Ph.D. Octopus

Politics, media, music, capitalism, scholarship, and ephemera since 2010

The Many Talents of Octopi

with 2 comments

By Wiz

You’ve all probably seen this at Huffpost, but in case you haven’t. This video is:
A. The coolest thing I’ve ever seen, B. More evidence that Octopi are bad-ass, both as metaphor for intellectual production/and or the rapacity of Gilded Age capitalism, and in their flesh and blood (cartilage and hemocyanin plasma?) form.


Written by Peter Wirzbicki

May 15, 2010 at 11:07

Posted in science, Uncategorized

2 Responses

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  1. This is totally awesome.


    May 15, 2010 at 13:57

  2. The Octopus is an excellent mascot for a bunch of Ph.D bloggers. They are by far the most intelligent invertebrates. They have long and short term memory, good recognition skills and can learn behaviors through observation and experimentation. They learn throughout their lives so their intelligence is mainly limited by their relatively short lifespans. Some species even use tools, carrying around coconut shells to use as armor. So yeah, pretty smart for being spineless and related to slugs.

    And not to knock the awesomeness of this video but that shark is a spiny dogfish, which are pretty tiny, weighing on average about as much as a house cat. Octopi are still awesome though.


    May 30, 2010 at 01:57

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