Octopi and the Seeing of Meaning

Octopi and the Seeing of Meaning

This is a beautiful piece on how octopi communicate and how it is superior to our verbal language.

Now don’t ask me how this happens, because nobody knows how it happens. At this point it’s magic. Nevertheless, the fact is it does happen — you can have this experience. It represents a synesthesia in the presence of ongoing communication. It is, in fact, telepathy. It is not what we thought telepathy would be, which I suppose if you’re like me, you imagine telepathy would be hearing what other people think. It isn’t that. It’s seeing what other people mean. And them also seeing what they mean. So that once something has been communicated, both parties can walk around it and look at it, the way you study a Brancusi, or a Henry Moore in an art gallery.

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