Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Fungi are one of the earliest life forms. They behave in a way that doesn't quite match our understanding of plants or animals. They have a form of intelligence. (He gave an example of a slime mold able to easily navigate a model of an IKEA) They are also essential for life as we know it. Many of our food depend on various fungi: from the nitrogen fixation of plants to the yeast used in bread. Fungi form relationships with many other beings. Lichens are a symbiotic combinations of algae and fungi.

The book is a great intro to fungi and their importance. It is told from a personal perspective with the science combined with tales of truffle hunting. It does start to ramble a bit - especially when talking about the psychosomatic mushrooms. It is almost as if the book went on a mushroom trip. 

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