Entangled Lives: Fungal Networks, Ecology, and Us.
A fascinating conversation with the biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake about the hidden universe of fungi. When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms, but mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems.
Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave. Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster.
By examining fungi on their own terms, Merlin reveals how these extraordinary organisms—and our relationships with them—are changing our understanding of how life works.
This talk is hosted by Maurizio Benazzo.