Biologist Merlin Sheldrake found a surprising way to promote his book entitled Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Future. He dampened a copy of the book and seeded it with spores, eating the oyster mushrooms that sprouted from its pages on camera.
“Initially I was flattered that the fungus seemed to have consumed the book so eagerly, but on reflection I don’t think that I can take this as a vote of confidence,” Sheldrake admits, “But I think it’s still a reassuring sight. Given it’s the ultimate omnivore it would’ve been a bit bruising if the fungus hadn’t eaten the book at all. Anyway now it’s the fungus turn to get eaten.”
3 thoughts on “Author eats mushrooms sprouting from his own book about mushrooms”
Mushrooms are one of my favorite things. Biologically, they are closer to insects than to plants. They contain a polysacharide derivative of glucose that is found in the exoskeleton of beetles, and don’t contain cellulose. Love the experiment and will look up the book.
This was a little creepy!
Cool but also kinda gross. But then again, I’m not really a fan of mushrooms!