Urban Growing

Merlin Sheldrake – Entangled Lives: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Biomedical Sciences Building, E29, Tankards Close, University Walk, BS8 1TD

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The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is thrilled to be hosting Merlin Sheldrake with this lunchtime talk.

Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems. Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and help remediate environmental disaster. In this talk, Merlin will discuss the ways these extraordinary organisms – and our relationships with them – change our understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways that we think, feel, and behave.

Merlin is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and winner of the Royal Society Book Prize and the Wainwright Prize. Merlin is a research associate of the Vrije University Amsterdam, and works with the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks and the Fungi Foundation. A keen brewer and fermenter, he is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms.

Standard Tickets cost £12 each.

Friends of the Botanic Garden Tickets cost £6 each.

Free tickets are available for Students, UoB Staff and alumni.

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