Does an octopus have a soul?

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soul of an octopus book cover
How well do you think you know other species that roam this incredible globe? We realize that to fully embrace the diversity of life on this planet, both flora and fauna, we could spend some time learning about some of them.

We enjoyed a lighter read this past month, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery, and we really felt the difference in the corresponding lightness of the discussion. We primarily discussed the benefits of (and concerns about) aquariums while appreciating the contributions that the author made to broaden some of our perspectives. We also discussed consciousness of different beings and questioned what it meant to possess a soul. We loved reading a book that was so well written! A side effect of knowledge about octopuses is that we now know how intelligent, curious, and resourceful they are so we no longer want to eat them!

the sixth extinction bookcover

Next month, on Monday, February 28 at 7 pm, we will be discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

–Karen Grumbles

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