An Evening with Merlin Sheldrake
Join us for an evening with Merlin Sheldrake, author of the one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of 2020, Entangled Life. Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world. It shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself
- Wed Sep 29, 2021 - 7:00pm
- St Francis' College
Join us for an evening with Merlin Sheldrake, author of the one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of 2020, Entangled Life.
'A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer' - Robert Macfarlane
The more we learn about fungi, the less the world makes sense without them.
Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, in the air and inside our bodies. They can be microscopic, yet they can also account for the largest organisms ever recorded. They enabled the first life on land, can survive unprotected in space and thrive amidst nuclear radiation.
In fact, nearly all life relies, in some way, on fungi. These endlessly surprising organisms have no brain, yet can solve problems and manipulate animal behaviour with devastating precision. In giving us bread, alcohol and life-saving medicines, fungi have shaped human history, and their psychedelic properties have recently been shown to alleviate several mental illnesses.
'Reads like an adventure story ... wondrous ... beguilingly weaves together lived experience and scientific research' - Sunday Times