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Time:11:29 am
Should I be worried that the new energy company I'm switching to is called Octopus Energy?

They seem to be OK, and I'll be saving a few pounds a month with no penalty if I switch to someone else, but I can't help wondering if I've just signed up with Hydra or Doc Oc...

If anyone else in the UK is interested, I get £15 for everyone who signs up via this link, so does the person signing:
https://share.octopus.energy/cute-owl-37
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whswhs
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Time:2017-09-11 02:10 pm (UTC)
The traditional symbolism of the octopus for the huge corporation with ruthless central control of everything turns out to be kind of ironic when you look into the actual biology. It turns out that cephalopod arms, which can bend anywhere along their length, don't send detailed information about the bend angles back to the central brain. All that is locally controlled by arm ganglia. The central brain knows if the arm has grabbed something but not what shape the thing is. Apparently there have been tests that showed that octopods can't learn to discriminate shape by touch. Far from being a symbol of central control, the octopus is a symbol of local autonomy taken to the extreme, when you look at the actual biology rather than the iconography. . . .
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ffutures
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Time:2017-09-11 10:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that. A bit like the way snakes react to e.g. something touching their tail.
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whswhs
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Time:2017-09-12 01:09 am (UTC)
I read it in a collection of studies published in the twentieth century, so it's always possible that more current research has invalidated it again. But at least that's what malacologists used to believe.

If you think about how large organizations actually operate, it may not be that bad a symbol after all. . . .

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speakr2customrs
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Time:2017-09-11 07:43 pm (UTC)
Hail Hydra!
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ffutures
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