posted on May, 25 2016 @ 08:04 PM
Honestly Octopus are sentient beings as smart as if not smarter than we humans are.
The only reason they cannot advance any further than they are is a few very important factors.
One: They are not social creatures and are solitary by nature. This aspect of their personas prevents the creation of any kind of civilization.
Two: Most don't survive past child birth, with one rare exception. As such, none are raised by their parents, nor any kind of society, therefore no
education is passed down, each octopus must learn on it's own. Which it does rather well, but no advancement over generations.
Three: They don't live very long, so no matter how smart they are they only have a very little time to grow intellectually.
So no matter how intelligent they are, they're in a rut until they can overcome these major flaws.
They must, one: Stop being antisocial, organize as a society, two: acquire the ability to survive childbirth, at least one has managed so far, there's
hope there, and three: develop the ability to live longer than little more than half a decade.
If they can do this, there is no doubt in my mind they'd advance rapidly. They are clearly our intellectual equals or superiors if not for these