The mind is a set of mental faculties that control what we do and how we behave. It stores information like thoughts, imaginations, memories, and plans. The mind also controls things like our actions, behavior, and sensation towards our surroundings. But can we imagine that even the simplest life forms such as fungi can be conscious as well?

In recent years, a body of work has shown that fungi operate as individuals and make decisions. They are capable of learning and possess short-term memory. These findings highlight how sensitive fungi are to the stimuli that come their way, which emphasizes how important it is for us to study them.

Fungi have two important parts namely hyphae and mycelium. Now hyphae have been established to have cellular consciousness and the recent discoveries also revealed that mycelium might have spatial consciousness as well.

Fungi can respond and change as they grow, which is typically an indication of extensive and considerable intelligence. Consciousness and memory begin at a subcellular level, so it’s certainly possible that with the right stimuli, fungi are fully capable of what we tend to think of when we conceptualize concepts like ‘decisions’ or ‘memory’. Certainly, the widely-held belief that fungi aren’t capable of much more than growing in their environment is rapidly evolving as new scientific insights reveal hitherto unheard-of traits emerging – key among these being cognition.

The most important decisions in a fungal organism’s life will be made by the mycelium network. The network operates as a vast communications network through its threadlike extremities. Each fungal cell consciously makes various choices about which food resources to consume, what direction to follow and how best to advance its growth. Harsh environments induce variable patterns of response in a fungus depending on its environment and developmental stage: Less water causes cells to swell and bud additional hyphal branches while increased amounts of sunlight or high temperatures stimulate delicate threads known as rhizomorphs that can burrow deep into soil layers or waterways. The growth pattern exhibited by each fungus is constantly shifting as an adaptive response to external conditions but also as a means of regulating nutrient acquisition within the organism itself!

Fungi have always been part of human beings’ diet and medicine. Ancient drawings have been found that appear to depict microorganisms using tools for hunting and other survival skills. Some appear to be portraying land fungi as if they were with humans and naming them “friends”. It is uncertain whether ancient peoples were actually in communication with fungi or if these simply represent the natural world, enlarged.

Fungi have also been one of the key elements of the counter culture movement and psychedelic revolution. You see, mushrooms such as psilocybin and psilocin are psychedelic substances. They cause hallucinations, dissociation, and altered states of consciousness. These effects have inspired many famous artists and writers, such as Aldous Huxley and Hunter S. Thompson. In addition, these substances have helped to develop the idea of Transhumanism, which is the name given to a movement that urges for human enhancement through the planned use of technology.

So, what do you think? Would you like to make friends with the mushroom?


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