Pharyngula

Octopuses do not have psychic powers

A “psychic” octopus named Paul is predicting the outcome of World Cup games, some Germans claim. I don’t believe it. Why would an octopus be at all interested in a game where you can’t use your arms?

i-08f48dc443ef7e78068b2fd9f8c53b13-psychic_octopus.jpeg

I don’t believe in precognition, but I do think octopuses are smart. It’s more likely that Paul is sneaking out of his tank at night to read the sports magazines, and then makes informed decisions about likely results of the matches.