by Freddie Sayers
Thursday, 10
September 2020
Video
15:54

Merlin Sheldrake: the philosophy of fungi

by Freddie Sayers

Podcast version:

What have fungi got to do with politics, philosophy, Covid-19 or any of the great crises we face?

Well, potentially rather a lot.

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and expert on the mysterious world of fungi, and has just published a book on the subject, Entangled Life, that grabbed our attention.

He’s a fascinating character and we’ve all found ourselves rather mesmerised with the story he has to tell about the fungal world, its possibilities as well as its challenges to our politics and philosophical assumptions.

We start with the basics, and get increasingly abstract – come minute 37 you might think differently about things! Enjoy.

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  • September 13, 2020
    So interesting to hear a multidisciplinary thinker. Read more

  • September 13, 2020
    I wonder how Francis Collins would reply to your comment. I suspect that he would be riveted by the interview. Read more

  • September 12, 2020
    Unfortunately humans have egos and consciousness and so will not be able to accept that they are simply an organism. If you add to that the God squad (most of the planet) who think that their souls live on beyond death then the ideas here are simply a heresy. Sad because I think that he has... Read more

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