Nadir’s comic is wonderfully subtle today, and the imagery reminds me of Neil DeGrasse Tyson‘s take on the subject when he asks, “And what comedian designer configured the region between our legs-an entertainment complex built around a sewage system?”

The octopus, on the other hand, is nature’s example of everything we could have been, but missed out upon: Excellent puzzle solving skills, advanced eye physiology, color changing skin, World Cup divination, and eight writhing appendages covered in tactile grippers.. if you’re into that sort of thing. I have long been in the cult of the octopoda and our lord brings delicious fruits. But bubbling just below the surface of Nadir’s vestigial barrage is the truth that we are animals just like the rest. There is no seperation between man and beast because man is just another type of beast, specialized over millions of years to adapt, survive, and thrive in their environment. Buh-bu- WAIT! Hear me out— many think that our knack for adaptation and ingenuity is what got us to where we are. After all, Homo Erectus was around for at least 1.5 million years before dying out, and they didn’t get ANYTHING done.  Look at what we’ve accomplished in such little time! Although in contrast we might wipe ourselves out before getting anywhere close to that mark. Here’s hoping we outlive our knack for destruction!

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Big Octopus 2004. Cast Iron, Bronze, Maple Syrup Drum.
Octopus Jesus. 2008 Gouache on Paper