Thank God It’s Monday! #writing #sciencewriting #octopuses #mondays

“In his classic The Outermost House, American naturalist Henry Beston writes that animals ‘are not brethren, they are not underlings’ but beings ‘gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.’ They are, he writes, ‘other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.’ To many people, an octopus is not just another nation; it’s an alien from a distant and menacing galaxy.”

That’s Sy Montgomery, talking about the otherworldly nature of octopuses (and yes, that’s the correct plural form), in her 2015 book, The Soul Of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into The Wonder of Consciousness, and and it’s today’s get-the-week-started quote. Thank God It’s Monday!


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