Re: Uplifting II

Technotranscendence (
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 06:58:04 -0800

On Wednesday, December 01, 1999 10:00 PM Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> 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.

That's true, though that ability is not so important to the way they think, I think. (No pun intended.) I think the overall topology -- their many nodes versus the vertebrate centralized or, at best, binodal structure -- might make them "mentally" different. Of course, this is all speculation. An ethernet is a different network topology than a token ring, yet aside from some differences in efficiencies and handling nodes and cables going down, the same sort of communications still go on. Probably not the best analogy.

Would anyone on this list being will to work on uplifting?

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

I'm not sure how to rate them. I'm not sure if there is an interspecies IQ test. Even so, from the stuff I've read and video I've seen, they appear to be very intelligent. They are good at learning from each other, which seems to be a trait only found in mammals and birds. (Am I wrong? Please tell me!)


Daniel Ust