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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness - Sy Montgomery
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
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In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.Sy Montgomery’s popular 2011... show more
In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.Sy Montgomery’s popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451697711 (1451697716)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it
3.0
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads in exchange for on honest review. On the whole this was a fascinating book with beautiful descriptions and unique information. Montgomery tells the stories of the octopuses and the people she met through immersion journalism and offers some analysis o...
Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
4.0 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
I love natural history and learned quite a bit about octopuses in this book. I learned also that octopuses is the correct form of plural for this cephalopod. I say "octopi" -- which (I now know) is erroneous, because it is NOT from a Latin root (its origin is Greek), and so a plural form does not en...
Yodamom Finds her Force
Yodamom Finds her Force rated it
4.0 The Amazing Incredible Octopus
When I started this I expected a scientific journal watered down for the non scientific reader. I did not expect it to be a personal journal with some scientific facts thrown in. I was looking for more science, more facts then offered. I was a bit miffed at the personal moments, her diving lessons, ...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
5.0 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
Wow. This woman loves octopuses, and the sea and its creatures in general. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She not only fills this book with facts about sea life and descriptions of the personalities of the octopuses she knows, but also just the general comraderie of being an aquarium groupie. She...
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