The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness / Sy Montgomery.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Atria books hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An investigation of the emotional and physical world of the octopus"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Athena : 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.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
      ALA Notable Books, 2016.
    • ISBN:
      9781451697711
      1451697716
      9781451697728
      1451697724
    • Accession Number:
      2014038751
    • Accession Number:
      ocn883148118
      883148118
    • Accession Number:
      fay.584972
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MONTGOMERY, S. The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness. [s.l.] : Atria Books, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Montgomery S. The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Atria Books; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972. Accessed September 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Montgomery, S. (2015). The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness. Atria Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Montgomery, Sy. 2015. The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Atria Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972.
    • Harvard:
      Montgomery, S. (2015) The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness. Atria Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972 (Accessed: 16 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Montgomery, S 2015, The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness, Atria Books, viewed 16 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Montgomery, Sy. The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Atria Books, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Montgomery, Sy. The Soul of an Octopus : A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Atria Books, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Montgomery S. The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness [Internet]. Atria Books; 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 16]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584972

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 May #1

*Starred Review* Naturalist Montgomery (Birdology, 2010) writes exceptionally affecting and enlightening books inspired by both rigorous scientific curiosity and enraptured wonder and empathy for all living beings, from dogs to chickens to tarantulas. Committed to illuminating the true, complex nature of diverse forms of animal consciousness, Montgomery headed to Boston's New England Aquarium to learn about one of Earth's most stupendously capable creatures, the octopus. Introduced to Athena, Montgomery plunges her arms into the icy water to make contact, and is thrilled when her new cephalopod friend firmly grasps her, tasting her skin with some of her 1,600 sensitive and powerful suckers. Montgomery also gets to know Octavia, Kali, and Karma, stroking their soft heads and observing their many moods and activities, appreciating each distinctively intelligent, willful, inquisitive, mischievous, and affectionate personality. She also learns to scuba dive to observe octopuses in the wild. In prose as gripping and entwining as her subjects' many arms, Montgomery chronicles the octopus' phenomenal strength, dexterity, speed, weaponry, and lightning-quick shape-shifting and camouflage abilities. She also tells funny and moving stories about her friendships with the dedicated aquarists and volunteers (most notably Anna, a valiant young woman with Asperger's syndrome) who care for the cephalopods with infinite respect and tenderness. Montgomery's uniquely intimate portrait of the elusive octopus profoundly recalibrates our perception of consciousness, communication, and community. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 June #1

This book's big reveal may be up front in the title, but that doesn't detract from the delight of discovering just what, exactly, an octopus's soul might look like. Naturalist Montgomery (The Good Good Pig) admirably demonstrates the complexity, intellect, and personalities of the octopuses she has come to know at the Boston Aquarium—sweet-natured Athena, steadfast Octavia, mischievous Kali—without ever resorting to easy anthropomorphism. Her science is accessible but not overly simple, and the details she offers about these creatures bring them into sharp focus: they are sophisticated camouflage artists, can solve puzzles, and show distinct preferences for people, places, and tastes. Along with an abundance of fascinating octopus lore, Montgomery illuminates her own quest to understand the creatures better and paints vivid portraits of the people who are similarly drawn to them. Her affection for her subjects, both human and cephalopod, shines through. VERDICT Anyone captivated by the natural world, from interested middle school readers and up, will be engrossed by this account of a strange—and unexpectedly beautiful—animal. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/15.]—Lisa Peet, Library Journal

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