Review: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery My rating: 3 of 5 stars I feel like this book is a little misleading. The subtitle claims this is a “surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness,” and yet…it’s not? There’s very little in this novel that’s actually […]

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Facilis Descensus Averno

Facilis descensus Averno “The descent into Hell is easy.” (Vergil, Aeneid VI.124) The above Vergil epigraph is, of all things, the creed of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters — Nephilim warriors who fight demons unbeknownst to mundanes like you or me within her wildly popular series, The Mortal Instruments. It stresses that, essentially, it’s really easy to go down […]

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