6.16.15: Exploring Consciousness with an Octopus, Smart Desks, + Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld at 3S

Jun 16, 2015

With a beak like a parrot, venom strong enough to dissolve flesh, and eight writhing tentacles, the octopus is among the most alien-looking of creatures.

On today’s show, a naturalist explores animal consciousness through the eyes of the incredible octopus. Plus, classical instruments through the eyes of musical rebels, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufield of Arcade Fire. 

Listen to the full show:

The Soul of an Octopus

In a new book, the naturalist and author Sy Montgomery explores whether she can reach across the divide that split the octopus and humans lineage more than half a billion years ago to discover whether octopuses have feelings, consciousness, or maybe even a soul. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Sy will be at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00pm,  hosting All About Octopodes. 

Smart Desks

Looking to make the switch to a standing desk? With so many options to choose from, it may seem overwhelming, but New York Times “Wired Well” contributor Jennifer Jolly tried out a few and shared her findings. “Smart Desks to Keep You Moving.”

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was

Celebrated solo performers in their own right, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld began collaborating after recording and performing with Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.

Related:  Pushing the Musical Boundaries of the Saxophone and Violin

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld will be performing at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth this Friday as part of Wayward Sounds: A Festival of Curious Music.