Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Dip below the ocean's surface, and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and serpulid worms, whose rooted bodies, intricate geometry, and flower-like appendages are more reminiscent of plant life or even architecture than anything recognizably animal. Yet, these creatures are our cousins. As fellow members of the animal kingdom—the Metazoa—they can teach us much about the evolutionary origins of our bodies and our minds.
Combining vivid animal encounters with philosophical reflections and the latest news from biology, Metazoa reveals even in our high-tech, AL-driven times, there is no understanding of our minds without understanding nerves, muscles, and energetic bodies. The story that results is as vibrant as life itself.
Hardcover, 352 pages.