Hello to a group of people I'm assuming will never tire of talking about octopuses--my friends are burned out! :)

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Hi everyone, I'm Lauren. I had to join TONMO because I really can't talk to those around me about octopuses anymore. I've hit the wall, and met the limits of other humans' standard interest in the subject. So I am here somewhat as a support group. I suspect you all will understand. I look forward to learning with you, and sharing in this truly beyond amazing topic. At times, I don't think there is anything more interesting in world. I'm a psychotherapist and writer, and I've loved animals all my life. I have a little bit of background in wildlife rehab from my California days, and now reside on the Shore in New Jersey, where I am taking up surfing for the first time. Having grown up land-locked in the Midwest throughout my childhood years, I gravitated to the coasts (and further into the oceans, both coasts) as soon as I could hit the road. Really happy to be here, and to provide support and my enthusiasm for learning. I've devoured (like an octopus on a crab) many of the mainstream books on octopuses, and I'm now ready to deepen my understanding. Thanks for letting me coast along with you!
 

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Welcome, and thanks for joining -- and a special thanks for becoming a TONMO supporter! :thumbsup: It's true, we don't tire of ceph talk here -- it's an immersive topic and requires stamina and dedication šŸ˜…

We have a bunch of ceph authors in the community; which books have you read?
 
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Thank you! I'm glad to be here :smile: One of your author/staffers (James Wood) is the reason I'm here. I just picked up Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate and learned about TONMO (thanks James!). I've read Jacques Cousteau's seminal (?) Octopus and Squid: The Soft Intelligence (and was thrilled to learn more about Joanne Duffy), as well as Other Minds (Peter Godfrey-Smith), the Soul of an Octopus (Sy Montgomery), Monarchs of the Sea (Dana Staaf), and Cephalopod Cognition is on the list as well. I haven't yet embarked on the scientific texts, but I have my eye on them. Would love any recommendations, as I'm sure I'm missing some fine texts. And of course, long ago, Jules Verne and Victor Hugo ONLY made me want to meet Octopus even more...
 

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Welcome! Fantastic! What honorable company to find myself in!!! It was Cousteau's Octopus and Squid that I first found as a young reader desperate to consume everything I could find about these amazing creatures. Love the sci-fi influences as well!
 

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James Wood? Ug! That guy is nuts. Talks about octopuses all the damn time to anyone that will listen and many that won't. When he isn't talking about octopuses. . . it is squid! What a bore!
 
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Welcome! Fantastic! What honorable company to find myself in!!! It was Cousteau's Octopus and Squid that I first found as a young reader desperate to consume everything I could find about these amazing creatures. Love the sci-fi influences as well!
Thank you! I'm so glad to be here, and to be a part of these conversations. After reading your book, which I loved (!!), I would say that J-YC would likewise be in great company with you, were we lucky enough to still have him. I found myself studying the anatomy pages of Octopus and Squid, and appreciate that he included them at the end of the book not the beginning, because by the end what I was looking at was much more relevant--I understood the funnel and its function, and could actually wonder about the ink sac being so close to it, and what that might mean. My favorite quote from his book: "DIscrimination against animals, like all discriminations, is rooted in contempt--that is, hatred--for what is unknown and for what is different."

And of course your book resonated so utterly completely as to the importance of these creatures and their extremely long history as the "inventors of swimming," with their ancient knowledge of the sea. I've sensed since those early days as a young person watching an octopus in the zoo aquarium, thinking while looking at her (not at the more distant cosmos), We are not alone....
 
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James Wood? Ug! That guy is nuts. Talks about octopuses all the damn time to anyone that will listen and many that won't. When he isn't talking about octopuses. . . it is squid! What a bore!
...And when he isn't talking about squid...it is the Nautilus! Talking about cephalopods to those who won't listen is an art form. It's probably a really good way to get that luxurious, but rare empty seat next to you on the plane :smile:
 

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