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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures (original 2020; edition 2021)

by Merlin Sheldrake (Author)

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"Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow. Fungi not only help create soil, they send out networks of tubes that enmesh roots and link plants together in the "Wood Wide Web." Fungi also drive many long-standing human fascinations: from yeasts that cause bread to rise and orchestrate the fermentation of sugar into alcohol; to psychedelic fungi; to the mold that produces penicillin and revolutionized modern medicine. And we can partner with fungi to heal the damage we've done to the planet. Fungi are already being used to make sustainable building materials and wearable leather, but they can do so much more. Fungi can digest many stubborn and toxic pollutants from crude oil to human-made polyurethane plastics and the explosive TNT. They can grow food from renewable sources: edible mushrooms can be grown on anything from plant waste to cigarette butts. And some fungi's antiviral compounds might be able to ease the colony collapse of bees. Merlin Sheldrake's revelatory introduction to this world will show us how fungi, and our relationships with them, are more astonishing than we could have imagined. Bringing to light science's latest discoveries and ingeniously parsing the varieties and behaviors of the fungi themselves, he points us toward the fundamental questions about the nature of intelligence and identity this massively diverse, little understood kingdom provokes"--… (more)
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Title:Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
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Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2021), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (2020)

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Entagled Life is such an important and inspiring book! It has changed the way I view our world! ( )
  tootall77hc | May 9, 2024 |
There are arguments that human consciousness arose from psychedelic fungi. And that the start of human civilization was in pursuit of beer (curtesy of yeast). Whether that’s true or not matters less than the fact that fungi are at the center of everything. They feed the plant we eat, they break down the food we digest, and when we die, they turn us back into soil.

We humans tend to think of ourselves as the smartest around, but fungi are just as smart. We express our intelligence with our actions, but fungi express it with their biology, creating new chemicals through complex mycelial networks. These fascinating organisms can be the solution to so many of our world’s problems.

This book is scientific and philosophic. It makes you think, but not too hard. Theres a strong narrative, but with lots of interesting anecdotes. In the time it’s taken me to finish this book, I’ve gone from an indifferent observer to an aspiring mycophile. Can’t recommend this book enough.
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  The_James | Apr 9, 2024 |
This is a fascinating journey into the world of fungi and nature at large. I had my favorite chapters, but truly, the whole book entranced me and left me fascinated from one page to the next. Sheldrake writes about the natural world, and fungi more specifically, with such engaging prose that it's impossible not to fall under the spell of this book.

Absolutely recommended for anyone interested in ecology, the environment, and of course fungi. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Mar 17, 2024 |
The weird world of fungi, plant roots and soil. Eye-opening!
  debbiereads | Mar 17, 2024 |
What a great book. It explores fungi, their place in the ecosystem, the uses we have made and are making of them and the very real possibility that fungi are the primary movers and shakers of our planet. Plus, a new Saint Francis quote ( well, new to me, obviously) ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
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With gratitude to the fungi from which I have learned.
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Fungi are everywhere but they are easy to miss.
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"Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow. Fungi not only help create soil, they send out networks of tubes that enmesh roots and link plants together in the "Wood Wide Web." Fungi also drive many long-standing human fascinations: from yeasts that cause bread to rise and orchestrate the fermentation of sugar into alcohol; to psychedelic fungi; to the mold that produces penicillin and revolutionized modern medicine. And we can partner with fungi to heal the damage we've done to the planet. Fungi are already being used to make sustainable building materials and wearable leather, but they can do so much more. Fungi can digest many stubborn and toxic pollutants from crude oil to human-made polyurethane plastics and the explosive TNT. They can grow food from renewable sources: edible mushrooms can be grown on anything from plant waste to cigarette butts. And some fungi's antiviral compounds might be able to ease the colony collapse of bees. Merlin Sheldrake's revelatory introduction to this world will show us how fungi, and our relationships with them, are more astonishing than we could have imagined. Bringing to light science's latest discoveries and ingeniously parsing the varieties and behaviors of the fungi themselves, he points us toward the fundamental questions about the nature of intelligence and identity this massively diverse, little understood kingdom provokes"--

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