Another brief, unrelated posting: Whoever put those snarky answers in when taking our survey— you’re adorable and very clearly showing your age. As I explained, it was designed for a specific author & specific book, so the answers mirror the options she was considering.
We can’t & don’t want to include the full scope of why readers choose to ‘follow’ (and we mean this in the sense of ‘friending’ on Facebook or ‘following’ on Twitter, not whatever nonsense interpretation other people took out of it) an author— it would be counterproductive. We’re trying to recognize trends, not think super microcosmically.
Also, following an author for sex appeal isn’t condescending?
And most entertainingly of all— uh, I’m an atheist. The answers were put into entirely random orders, and we called it ‘nonreligious/secular’ to encompass the full scope of nonreligious sorts of persons, such as agnostics and humanists.
I wish these people would’ve messaged me to address these things instead of garbling our results. But I guess that would’ve been an intelligent way to react. Thanks for participating, though?
“…Is an octopus a creature ruled by a single consciousness centered in its large brain, or, by dint of its nerve-infused legs, a collaborative, cooperative, but distributed mind?…
Octopuses have large nervous systems, centered around relatively large brains. But more than half of their 500 million neurons are found in the arms themselves, Godfrey-Smith said. This raises the question of whether the arms have something like minds of their own. Though the question is controversial, there is some observational evidence indicating that it could be so, he said. When an octopus is in an unfamiliar tank with food in the middle, some arms seem to crowd into the corner seeking safety while others seem to pull the animal toward the food, Godfrey-Smith explained, as if the creature is literally of two minds about the situation.
There may be other explanations for the observations. But whatever the answer, it seems likely that octopus intelligence is quite different from that of humans and, as researchers ponder the broader meaning of intelligence, may be as different as is likely to be encountered, short of finding it on other planets.
That’s because other creatures that are believed intelligent — such as dolphins, chimpanzees, some birds, elephants — are relatively closely related to humans. They’re all on the vertebrate branch of the tree of life, so there’s a chance the intelligence shares at least some characteristics. Octopuses, however, are invertebrates. Our last common ancestor reaches back to the dim depths of time, 500 million to 600 million years ago. That means octopus intelligence likely evolved entirely separately and could be very different from that of vertebrates…”
(SORRY FOR THE INTERRUPTION TO YR REGULARLY SCHEDULE ALL-OCTOPUS PROGRAMMING! The readership for this blog is six times the amount of responses we need, so I figured it was worth a brief posting— this will be deleted within 24 hours.)
If y’all have a few minutes to spare, I’m working on a book marketing proposal with a classmate as part of our final project, and we’re trying to narrow down an author’s potential female readership—and how best to reach them— for her next book, due out in 2012.
We’re using a survey to supplement our research. It’s only 12 multiple choice questions long, and all responses are kept anonymous. We’re trying to gather at least 100 all-female responses, and are a bit more than halfway there. If you could help us out, I’d really appreciate it! Just click on the link above.
Thanks so much. xo, Alina
Thanks so much!
P.S: The book has to do with marriages, hence the random marriage-related questions.