7.30.15: The Soul of an Octopus & Music for Animals

Jul 30, 2015

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

On today’s show, a naturalist reaches across half a billion years of evolution to find the soul of an octopus. Then, how far can the benefits of music therapy reach? One woman brings us the answer. 

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Finding the Soul of an Octopus
Credit Simon & Schuster

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

Learn more about the octopus at this link: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Octopuses

Music for Animals

There's a wealth of studies out there on the benefits of music on our mental and physical well-being. But do the benefits of music therapy extend beyond to other creatures, beyond humans?  Can music help animals? One woman is trying to find out, and Britt Wray brings us her story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.