The trouble comes if you try to sort out where one fungus begins and the next starts; the notion of a skin-bound singular "being" that is sentient becomes a bit fuzzy.
The ganglionic system resembles a ladder with bulbous neural tissues at the joints. Invertebrate organisms thus are comprised of a collection of sub-brains, each of which controls a separate part of the animal with fairly complete autonomy and no real centralized control. Sensors and their ganglia tend to cluster nearer the head, making not a true brain as we understand the term but rather a large bundle of distinct fibers. Such a nervous system is highly efficient for responding quickly to stimuli. Each clump of nerve cells becomes expert at some particular function–detecting and passing along sensory information, sweeping a leg or swing in wide uniform arc, opening and closing the jaws in slow munching motions during feeding, and so on... It is hard for us to imagine the mentality of beings with advanced ganglionic intelligence. Dr. H. Chandler Elliot, a neurologist at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, notes that humans normally disregard their internal organs. We respond to an empty stomach or a feeling of indigestion but normally we ignore its activities. Says Elliot: "The head of an insect apparently regards not only its viscera but also its legs, wings, and so on, with similar detachment. If one deftly clips off the abdomen of a feeding wasp, the head may go on sucking, obviously not distressed. The mind of such a creature, must be alien to us almost beyond comprehension."
-Xenopsychology, Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Kunga Lhadzom wrote:He's a Mushroom.
Norwegian wrote: It also opens up our eyes to a world that is much more alive than we may think.
For example, Stamets demonstrates in the book "Mycelium Running" in an experiment, how one type of fungi basically is able to use diesel oil as a nutritional source, and consumes the oil as food being unharmed by it.
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