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The soul of an octopus : a joyful 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 tellsa 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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  • 6 of 18 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Chappaqua Library 594.56 MONTGOMERY (Text)
Nonfiction
31005400005643
Available
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Croton Free Library 594.56 M (Text)
Nonfiction
31006151502689
Checked out
06/16/2020
Greenburgh Public Library 594.56 M (Text)
Nonfiction
31009154230027
Available
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Hendrick Hudson Free Library 594.56 M (Text)
Nonfiction
31016151522439
Available
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Katonah Village Library 594.56 M (Text)
Nonfiction
31013151617533
In transit
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Larchmont Public Library 594.56 M (Text)
Nonfiction
31014152300657
Checked out
06/16/2020
Larchmont Public Library 594.56 M (Text)
YA Nonfiction
31014152383935
Checked out
06/16/2020
Larchmont Public Library 594.56 M (Text)
Available In Storage
31014152383943
Checked out
06/16/2020
Mamaroneck Public Library District YA 594.56 MON (Text)
YA Nonfiction
31015152341997
Checked out
06/16/2020
Mount Kisco Public Library 594.56 MONTGOMERY (Text)
Nonfiction
31017151719074
Checked out
06/16/2020
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