OTHER MINDS: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins
of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith Humans and cephalopods appear to have little in common but share some crucial characteristics, including complex nervous systems.
This book is encyclopedic in the information it contains; it provides ample opportunity for yet more speculation about the deep origins
and ambitions of that mysterious rebellion.
In this review, I first briefly consider the uses of history in Religion Clause jurisprudence and question the need for deep origins
in excavating the origins of the American principles of 10 separation of church and state and freedom of conscience.
The Last Utopia challenges the post-Enlightenment tendency to view this history as linear and continuous--"a quixotic search for deep origins
Moreover, her concern with excavating the deep origins
of each tradition sometimes gets in the way, as with her claim that Vodu practiced in Cuba's Oriente region derives from late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century slaves from Saint Domingue/Haiti rather than from early twentieth-century Haitian labor migrants, who are not even mentioned.