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The Resource The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness, Sy Montgomery

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

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The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness
Title
The soul of an octopus
Title remainder
a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness
Statement of responsibility
Sy Montgomery
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
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"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
594/.56
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL430.3.O2
LC item number
M66 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness, Sy Montgomery
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
ocn883148118
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Atria books hardcover edition.
Extent
261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451697711
Lccn
2014038751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)883148118
Label
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness, Sy Montgomery
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
ocn883148118
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Atria books hardcover edition.
Extent
261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451697711
Lccn
2014038751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)883148118

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