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


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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 ...

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Sep 14, 2015

This is a wonderful book, by an author who fully understands that a non-human creature is as fully entitled to their sense of self as are we. Almost forty years ago, I had the great good fortune to gaze for a few seconds into the eyes of a wild octopus. This book helps one to see further into their world, and does not allow any parochial thoughts of our own, "superior" Humanness.

David C M

Sep 12, 2015

Octopus Persons

Describes her personal experience taking care of octopuses, which are amazingly clever and have distinct personalities but are tragically short lived.

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