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?Interview with a fungus?
    #2517247 - 04/02/04 03:06 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The essay competition run by Royal Dutch/Shell and The Economist has reached its fourth year. This time the question posed was "Do we need nature?" Nearly 6,000 people, from all over the world, offered answers.

The first prize of $20,000 was won by Diane Brooks Pleninger from Anchorage, Alaska. Complete essay in PDF


?Interview with a fungus?

D.P. Good evening, viewers. Our guest is Pilobolus crystallinus, author of the award winning bestseller, "Do We Need Mankind? A Fungal Perspective". Mr Pilobolus is a member of the kingdom Fungi, class Zygomycetes. He is a scholar, lecturer, dung-dweller, and author. Welcome, Mr Pilobolus.

P.c. Thank you, Diane. Good to be here.

D.P. Mr Pilobolus, your most recent book raises tantalising questions about the future of the biosphere and the role that you and other inhabitants will play in it. Tell us how you came to write it.

P.c. The book resulted from a series of symposia I attended over the past two centuries under the sponsorship of the World Federation of Fungi, on the topic, "What Does Nature Need?" The Academy of the WFF is constituted of one delegate from each family of fungi. I was fortunate to represent the Pilobolaceae.



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Re: ?Interview with a fungus? [Re: onegreenday]
    #2517866 - 04/02/04 04:13 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Thanks, that was a good read.

The main point I see is that we need nature but nature doesn't need us.

If only people would realize this.

"And I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Mom please flush it all away."

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

I wish you all ceaselessly flowing moments of happiness.

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Re: ?Interview with a fungus? [Re: onegreenday]
    #2518468 - 04/02/04 11:32 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

We are as natural as anything else and are following a course identical to most species before us.

Two things were striking in this, I thought:

"the cult of personal freedom"..... in a utopian world this demonization of individual liberty could be embraced as functionally sound but in this one its a disaster.

"universal solvent....what would you keep it in".....forget the container, none of us, including fungi, would exist. We would all be in solution. Very funny


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