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Entangled Life

Entangled Life
$28.00

Doug says: I first heard about Dr. Sheldrake, as I did Dr. Simard and other botanical scientists, from Robert MacFarlane via his book Underland. You are probably weary of my going on about it—but there is something to the idea that from one book many even more astonishing emerge. They possess an organic network much like trees and the mycelium beneath them. You will not be able to turn away from this brilliant work—because I will go on about it until you listen. The last lines of Sheldrake’s Prologue are worth quoting here: From these roots, a fungal network laced out into the soil and around the roots of nearby trees. Without this fungal web my tree would not exist. Without similar fungal webs no plant would exist anywhere. All life on land, including my own, depended on these networks. I tugged lightly on my root and felt the ground move. Prepare for further wonders ahead!

A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, "one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you" (Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk).

 

"Dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing . . . a remarkable work by a remarkable writer, which succeeds in springing life into strangeness again."--Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

 

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.

 

In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake's vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the "Wood Wide Web," to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.

 

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, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms--and our relationships with them--are changing our understanding of how life works.

 

Praise for Entangled Life

 

"Fungi are everywhere, and Merlin Sheldrake is an ideal guide to their mysteries. He's passionate, deeply knowledgeable, and a wonderful writer."--Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

 

"I was completely unprepared for Sheldrake's book. It rolled me over like a tsunami, leaving the landscape rearranged but all the more beautiful."--Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the London School of Economics and author of A History of the Mind and Soul Dust

 

"Sheldrake's charm and curiosity make for a book that is delightful to read but also grand and dizzying in how thoroughly it recalibrates our understanding of the natural world and the often overlooked organisms within it."--Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes

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9780525510314
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Hardcover
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Publication Date: 
May 12, 2020
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