Get to Know: Merlin Sheldrake

And How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet very cool people. Call me biased, but I think the natural world attracts some of the world’s most inspiring and creative people.

One of these very cool people is Merlin Sheldrake — biologist, philosopher, author of the brilliant and acclaimed book Entangled Life (which, if you haven’t read, you should right away), and colleague of mine at the relatively new NGO SPUN.

Merlin’s work amazes me and is actually quite provocative. He illuminates the critical role of microscopic underground fungal systems in sustaining nearly all living systems. He also shows how fungal systems have minds of their own and challenge our normal — and all-too-human — perspective on what constitutes intelligent life.

I was thrilled that Merlin agreed to do an interview for our newsletter.