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

 
 
Author
Sy Montgomery.
Publisher Atria  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781451697728
Pages/Publication Date 262/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69159
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(A 2015 National Book Award Finalist) The author of The Good, Good Pig here explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—and the remarkable connections that this complex, spirited creature makes with humans—in this 2015 National Book Award finalist. Daedalus favorite author Sy Montgomery practiced true immersion journalism, from New England Aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, in pursuit of these wild predatory mollusks and, along the way, befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma, who showed their cleverness in myriad ways, from escaping enclosures like an orangutan and jetting water to bounce balls. The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees has only recently been accepted by scientists, who now are watching octopuses solve problems and trying to decipher the meaning of their color-changing techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus in her own distinctive way—funny, touching, profound—and reveals what this magnificent creature can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

"Enter the mysterious, intelligent, alien world of the octopus. Experience a real intelligence based on a sense of touch that humans can barely imagine."—Temple Grandin

"Has science ever been this deliciously hallucinatory? Boneless and beautiful, the characters here are not only big-hearted, they're multi-hearted, as well as smart, charming, affectionate ... and, of course, ambidextrous. If there is a Mother Nature, her name is Sy Montgomery."—Vicki Constantine Croke

 
 
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