What can mushrooms teach us about life in this age of ecological emergency, climate change, political tension, and social disconnection?

Recent discoveries have found fungi dating back 1 billion years. Fungi were amongst the first creatures to myceliate the land from the primordial oceans, and have patiently spent hundreds of millions of years evolving strategies for surviving as one with the rest of Nature.

This talk with David Satori will centre on the concept of biomimicry - taking inspiration from the natural world to create artificial structures in balance with ecology. In recent years, this concept has been largely reserved for architecture, but we can extend biomimicry further into society itself, learning natural patterns of behaviour that have proven themselves to work over vast aeons of time.

Fungi challenge the outdated social-Darwinist notion of “survival of the fittest” and instead showcase the importance of symbiosis. As humans, a relatively young species, we have a lot to learn from fungi. Thankfully, if we open our minds to marvel at the patterns of life in front of our eyes, we may learn a few important life lessons. You may know of a few mushrooms that can do this very well, let’s see if there’s more out there.

We will explore the following ideas:

- Ecology, fungi, and human evolutionary psychology
- Gender identities, and relationships
- Social organisation from small communities to nations
- Extinction Rebellion as an example of mycelial biomimicry
- What fungi can teach us about surviving into the future as a species

David Satori is a mycologist, organic gardener, activist, and teacher. He teaches people how to cultivate mushrooms to produce food, medicine, and to restore damaged ecosystems. In 2018 he launched Myceliate, a grassroots mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation initiative based in London to showcase the importance of fungi in our personal wellbeing, our society’s sustainability, with the aim of promoting the protection of fungi through conservation and ecosystem restoration. He is currently studying plant and fungal biodiversity, taxonomy, and conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Queen Mary University.

This event is part of Psychedelic Ecology - new event series designed to increase connection to the natural world. Through talks, walks and workshops, we’ll be creating opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the natural world, tapping into the awe at the beauty of nature that is often felt during psychedelic experience.

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