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Nature is an assemblage of entanglements in which we are messily embedded. Humans are multi-species beings consisting of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that coordinate the task of living. In this deep dialogue we explore the fascinating world of the kingdom of fungi and its importance to all life on planet earth. They eat rock, make soil, digest pollutants, both nourish plants and cause plants to decompose, they can survive in space, induce visions, produce food, make medicine, manipulate animal behavior, and influence the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere to list a few of their activities. They live their lives largely hidden from view and over 90% of their species remain undocumented. Sheldrake says that the fungal kingdom is more closely related to the animal kingdom. Here he takes us into his research on the ecological significance of fungi and its importance to all life on planet earth. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Merlin Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and writer with a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history of philosophy of science. He received his Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He's also a musician and a keen fermenter.
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To learn more about Merlin Sheldrake go to www.merlinsheldrake.com.
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Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 5/19/2020 Program Number: 3705
From Album: Journey Between Artist: Baka Beyond 1998 Rykodisc #HNCD 1415
Opening Essay: Track 01 Mbe Music Break 1: Track 02 Migrations Music Break 2: Track 06 Land’s End Music Break 3: Track 08 Queen Of Ngorongoro
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