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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 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"--
"An investigation of the emotional and physical world of the octopus"--

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Dansville Public Library 594.56 MON (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52117300438289
On holds shelf
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Geneva Public Library 594.56 MON (Text)
Second Floor Nonfiction
52118300891501
Checked out
02/03/2020
Newark Public Library 594 MON (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52125300786011
Checked out
02/05/2020
Wood Library Association - Canandaigua 594.56 MON (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
31846002669074
Checked out
02/17/2020
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1001 . ‡aMontgomery, Sy, ‡eauthor.
24514. ‡aThe soul of an octopus : ‡ba surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness / ‡cSy Montgomery.
264 1. ‡aNew York : ‡bAtria Books, ‡c2015.
300 . ‡a261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : ‡billustrations (some color) ; ‡c22 cm.
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡bn ‡2rdamedia
338 . ‡avolume ‡bnc ‡2rdacarrier
500 . ‡aAlso published: Atria Paperback, 2016.
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
5050 . ‡aAthena : encountering the mind of a mollusk -- Octavia : this shouldn't be happening : tasting, pain, seeing dreams -- Kali : the fellowship of the fishes -- Eggs : beginning, ending, and shape-shifting -- Transformation : the art of breathing in the ocean -- Exit : freedom, desire, and escape -- Karma : choice, destiny, and love -- Consciousness : to think, to feel, to know.
520 . ‡a"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"-- ‡cProvided by publisher.
520 . ‡a"An investigation of the emotional and physical world of the octopus"-- ‡cProvided by publisher.
650 0. ‡aOctopuses ‡xBehavior.
650 7. ‡aNATURE / Animals / Marine Life. ‡2bisacsh
650 7. ‡aSCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology. ‡2bisacsh
650 7. ‡aNATURE / General. ‡2bisacsh
655 0. ‡aReportage literature.
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