Re: A Conserved Role for Serotonergic Neurotransmission in Mediating Social Behavior in Octopus, by Spangle McQueen

Just think about an octopus –
an intelligence alien
to us humans.

Just think about an octopus –
free at the bottom of
the sea

sculpting
a world from
clam and scallop shells.

Just think about octopuses
you have seen on
YouTube.  

Google it –
Octopus Escapes
from a tank

from a jar
from a boat
through a

small hole.

Think of an octopus.
Let’s call them
Inky.

Think of a scientist
Who gave MDMA
(Ecstasy)

to Inky and six other octopodes
because she wanted to analyse
the octopus genome,

mess with its chemistry.
Her scientific paper
omits to discuss whether Inky

freaked out. Science
doesn’t anthropomorphise.
But anecdotally – yes!

Inky acted like they took
Ecstasy. Inky skimmed
around with outstretched arms

like a sub-aquatic
ballerina. Another
octopus did flips.

They showed especial
interest in minor sounds
and smells.

The scientist confesses
at first they overdosed
the cephalopods

accidentally

so they turned
white
and breathed
erratically.

But the data evidences
the evolutionary
conservation of

serotonergic signalling
in the regulation of
social behaviors.

Just think about the scientist-
whose purpose it is to experiment
on octopuses
with psychoactive substances.

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