The Soul of an Octopus: A Playful Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (UK Edition)

The Soul of an Octopus: A Playful Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (UK Edition)

Sy Montgomery


In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a function for Orion journal entitled 'Deep Intellect' approximately her friendship with a delicate, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her demise. It went viral, indicating the common fascination with those mysterious, nearly alien-like creatures. in view that then Sy has practised actual immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing those wild, solitary shape-shifters.

Octopuses have diverse personalities and intelligence they convey in myriad methods: never-ending trickery to flee enclosures and get meals; jetting water playfully to dance items like balls; and evading caretakers through the use of a scoop internet as a trampoline and operating round the flooring on 8 palms. yet with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue lined with tooth, how can any such being comprehend whatever? and how much suggestions may possibly it think?

The intelligence of canines, birds, and chimpanzees was once only in the near past permitted via scientists, who now are constructing the intelligence of the octopus, staring at them clear up difficulties and interpreting the which means in their colour-changing camouflage suggestions. Montgomery chronicles this becoming appreciation of the octopus, but in addition tells a love tale. by means of turns humorous, enjoyable, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus unearths what octopuses can educate us approximately cognizance and the assembly of 2 very various minds.

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