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

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

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.

Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

Title:The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781451697711
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    The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Reviews

  • Bethany Johnsen

    I'm kind of "eh" on this book. It bills itself as a "surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness," I guess because it shares a few fun facts about octopus neurology (e.g. THEY HAVE NEURONS...

  • Wil Wheaton

    It's such a beautiful book, such an incredible story. I already loved octopuses, but this book deepened and strengthened my love for them, and all cephalopods. It's an easy read, and by the time you'r...

  • P-eggy

    I had previously read Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest by this author and had to give it up because it contained very little fact, an awful lot of conjecture and far too much about Sy Mon...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Although occasionally repetitive, The Soul of an Octopus is a tearful, informative, and memorable love note to...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    I had to read this book today because it was due back on Overdrive, so this is going to be a short review until I get my OWN paperback copy. This book made me cry!!! The creatures and the people both ...

  • Jessica

    The only “surprising” thing about this “exploration into the wonder of consciousness” is that the author so thoroughly convinces us of Octopuses beauty, intelligence and individual personaliti...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Though simply written I found this book to be both informative and delightful. I knew nothing about the octopus except for pictures in National Geographic, so this was all new to me. So surprising...

  • Yodamom

    When I started this I expected a scientific journal watered down for the non scientific reader. I did not expect it to be a personal journal with some scientific facts thrown in. I was looking for mor...

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Soul of An Octopus by Sy Montgomery, and narrated by the author, is such a delightful book that warmed my heart and I didn't want it to end. I felt so entranced by the love of the sea life, especially...

  • Dov Zeller

    It was interesting reading other GR reviews about this book. Some folks complained it wasn't sciency enough, or that it claims to do things that it doesn't, finally, do. I can understand folks' frustr...