"I see the mycelium as the Earth's natural Internet, a consciousness with which we might be able to communicate. Through cross-species interfacing, we may one day exchange information with these sentient cellular networks. Because these externalized neurological nets sense any impression upon them, from footsteps to falling tree branches, they could relay enormous amounts of data regarding the movements of all organisms through the landscape."
⚘ Paul Stamets
If we follow a general definition of “intelligence” as the capacity for abstraction, self-awareness, learning, and emotional knowledge, or as the ability to perceive or infer information and to retain it as applied knowledge, we could say this landscape not only thinks but that it is fully intelligent. Perhaps this term, intelligence, a quality unfairly appropriated by human beings, lies at the center of multiple contemporary crises, delaying and precluding new ways of multispecies existence on our severely damaged planet.