The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness (2021)

The Soul of an Octopus A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness In Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orion magazine entitled Deep Intellect about her friendship with a sensitive sweet natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death It went v
  • Title: The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • Author: Sy Montgomery
  • ISBN: 1471146758
  • Page: 202
  • Format: broch
  • The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness
    In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orion magazine entitled Deep Intellect about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death It went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien like creatures Since then Sy has practised 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 colour 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.

    • [The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness] ® Sy Montgomery
      202 Sy Montgomery
    The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

    One Reply to “The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness”

    1. What a charming tale by a sympathetic biologist about wonderful animals with a soul three hearts, nine brains, and a vocabulary of mood expression through a spectrum of changing colours You will oookk differently at animals after this and want to see an octopus at close range, with hands on Their suckers leave love hickies when pleased by your taste and mood.

    2. I loved this book I had no idea this animal was so intelligent and beautiful Reading this book has made me want to take up diving so that I can see and spend time with the animals that live in the sea The book is very accessible too, it s written a little like a novel, rather than an academic research piece on an animal Definitely read this.

    3. A well written if somewhat journalistic description of quite a few encounters of the author with octopuses These encounters took place in aquariums and in the open ocean There is a lot of information about octopuses, a few moving anecdotes and a few description of relations between the author and octopuses, a lively description of octopuses personality and quirks A well documented book and a good read, that complements well a few other good books about octopuses Other Minds The Octopus, the Sea, [...]

    4. I once kept an octopus in a sea water aquarium For the week that I kept her, she spent all her time watching every move that I made Every night even though I piled the aquarium with plywood heaped with books and anything heavy, she would crawl out and I would find her on the rug the next morning Thinking she was dead, I would scrape her into a dustpan and put her back in the aquarium where she would come to life unhappily She had so much impact on me that by the end of the week I knew I had to p [...]

    5. I was certain I would love this book having encountered many octopuses while diving, and firmly being in the camp that they, like other living creatures, are sentient souls We cannot know specifically what they are thinking but lets give them credit for having thoughts and capacity for something than simple reaction to physical stimuli I was eager to learn about this The book gets two stars because I did read it in its entirety an easy enough read and enjoyed the occasional information tidbits [...]

    6. I felt the editorial reviews were misleading They raved about this book And while I was thrilled with the first half of the book since I was learning about octopuses, I was very positive about this reading experience initially But then the author got into her scuba diving excursions and her relationships with other divers and I felt rather cheated I thought the book was about the life style and physiology of the octopus, not about her scuba diving misadventures and relationships with other diver [...]

    7. Disappointing I was hoping to learn about the lives of octopuses, but instead I most of the story was about someone visiting several octopuses in an aquarium Not a big fan of keeping animals in captivity the author even describes how some of the animals must have got really bored but instead of learning many facts about these amazing creatures, we get loads of little side stories about the personal lives of the other people visiting or working at the aquarium.I read this book after What a Fish [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *