Re: Uplifting II

Harvey Newstrom (
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 01:00:15 -0500

Harvey Newstrom <> wrote on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 11:14 pm,

> Technotranscendence <> wrote on Wednesday,
> December 01, 1999 1:11 am,
> > Is there anyone on this list who would object to uplifting octopodes for
> any
> > reason?
> Hmmm....
> Why do you ask?
> I vote "YES!" to octopodes.

Mom always said I'd end up answering my own posts someday....

I think that the idea that octopodes would be good at octal math is just plain silly.

I vote "YES!" to octopode uploads, because they have a very interesting brain structure. An octopus can compress its head and squeeze through a very small hole. It does this by having almost no bone in its body or in its head. Its brain is divided up into many nodules, which can rearrange their shape such that the head is reshapeable. These brain nodes maintain their connectivity and functionality, even while their physical locations shift around. I think that ability is fascinating.

Also, octopodes are extremely intelligent. They rate up there with monkeys, dolphins, and pigs.

Harvey Newstrom <mailto://>
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