In 2020 we will host a book club to discuss Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets.
- [NOW ONLINE] – Book discussion of part 1 – The mycelial mind
- July – Discussion of part 2 – Mycorestoration
- October – Discussion of part 3 – Growing mycelia and mushrooms
This book can be purchased at A Room of One’s Own located on State Street, or your favorite place to find books!
—> As of April 6, due to COVID-19, we are delaying our first in-person Book Club meeting. HOWEVER, MMS BoD has compiled some thoughtful discussion questions for Part 1 – The Mycelial mind. Please join the conversation on MMS Slack! <—
Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets
Questions for Part I: The Mycelial Mind
- Stamets compares mycelium structure to neurons, dark matter, and the internet. Does a similar structure imply similar function?
- Do you agree with Stamets’ claim that mycelial networks are “sentient”? (p. 8)
- What roles do fungi play in the ecosystem?
- Discuss the difference between saprophytic, parasitic, and mycorrhizal fungi.
- How do mutualistic fungi aid their host species?
- Do you think Stamets’ claim that “most of our ancestors’ empirical knowledge is lost” is true? (p. 35)
- Why do fungi make such effective antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer medicines?
- Do you think Stamets’ claims of the healing powers of fungi are realistic?
- How can fungi be used in treating plant diseases?
- How risky do you think it is to fight fungi with fungi in forestry?