Water Book Club: 'Other Minds' (2016)
by Peter Godfrey-Smith

10.30AM Thu 16 Jan 2020
QAG | Members lounge | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity at the QAGOMA Members Book Club. From January through to May the titles on the Members Book Club reading list have been selected to connect to, contextualise and discuss ideas presented in ‘Water’.

Book 1: Other Minds: the Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2016), Peter Godfrey-Smith

A philosopher of science and keen observer of underwater life, Peter Godfrey-Smith’s writing was a major touchstone for Geraldine Barlow (Curatorial Manager International Art) in the development of ‘Water’, building as it does upon the work of so many others and his own time spent scuba diving. By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind — and on our own. Octopuses have existed over a thousand times longer than humans. The sea is the original birthplace of the mind.

“When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all” - Peter Godfrey-Smith.

Book 2: Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life (2019), Vicki Hastrich
Book 3: Too Much Lip (2018), Melissa Lucashenko
Book 4: A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods (2019), Margaret Cook
Book 5: Carpentaria (2006) Alexis Wright

$12 Members | $17 Members' guests (includes coffee/tea and sweets) / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to join the monthly discussions hosted by Book Club Facilitator Eve Jensen
Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store. Pre-order your books with the Store to avoid disappointment.