Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller

The Boeing Company

Senior Analyst, Business Transformation

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It is great that this project is fully funded which I was notified of when my credit card was charged today. This whole "experiment" web site is really cool in how it works to connect researchers that need funding and interested parties who can fund the research. We spend too little on scientific research and it is literally the best return on an investment and especially when it is spent by such a brilliant researcher as Willem. Now, I did not contribute that much so big thanks go to those that contributed more and helped to reach the funding goal so that the research can proceed. Thanks go to those with more money who can fund this research and I aspire to make more money so I can do the same in the future.
Jan 16, 2021
Understanding how octopuses use scent to find food
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Watching these amazing creatures move around makes me wonder what goes thru their little brains and what is their version of consciousness. We know what our version feels like and given a highly evolved brains we can discuss the concept with others. And while many other creatures lack the traits that we call a consciousness, some surely have some version of it which should be given some respect. Clearly not all other creatures are like ants going about their organic and yet unconscious lives that we can extinguish without any regret. Some say it is the ability to feel pain is what matters though almost irrelevant, and what matters much more is the ability to assign blame to what is causing them their pain. I have seen a large octopus up close and watched its large eyes track my movements and it is hard not to feel like you are being more than sensed like how less evolved creatures are aware of you. I have no clue what goes thru their little brains (all 9 of them and where 8 are presumably for their arms and the last one is what orchestrates the rest), though perhaps your research with illuminate something interesting about these creatures. What I have decided is that while I love sushi, I ask that they never put any octopus in my dish. It is not a huge sacrifice because I never liked eating them (too rubbery) though the more I learned about these amazing creatures, the more a feeling arose in me that it was just plain wrong to eat them when there was so much other available food that is less likely to have a consciousness. Mind you, I still eat beef occasionally and surely those creatures have some rudimentary form of consciousness, so it is not like I am being consistent in my respect for semi-conscious life. Beef just tastes too good and almost seems like the whole purpose of that lifeform to be a delicious meal for carnivores. Have fun with your research on those amazing creatures and who knows maybe one day one of them will just happen to arrange their arms in a manner to give you sign of what they think of you...and hoping it is not to flip you off :)
Jan 16, 2021
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That is an interesting video and especially that first power move with one of its arms that pulls the rest of its body towards its perceived prey. And perhaps it is no trickery by the arm and simply a response to its first confirmed scent of its food as it reaches out hoping for a quick meal only to realize it is just a scent and not yet the actual food.
Jan 16, 2021
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Pretty cool unless you are the food and then it is a horror movie :)
Dec 09, 2020
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