web site hit counter Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet

Availability: Ready to download

Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives. An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doc Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives. An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doctors, and explorers joined forces with time-lapse master Louie Schwartzberg to create Fantastic Fungi, the life-affirming, mind-bending film about mushrooms and their mysterious interwoven rootlike filaments called mycelium. What this team reveals will blow your mind and possibly save the planet. This visually compelling companion book of the same name, edited by preeminent mycologist Paul Stamets, will expand upon the film in every way through extended transcripts, new essays and interviews, and additional facts about the fantastic realm of fungi. Fantastic Fungi is at the forefront of a mycological revolution that is quickly going mainstream. In this book, learn about the incredible communication network of mycelium under our feet, which has the proven ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship with nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to educate and inspire the reader in three critical areas: First, the text showcases research that reveals mushrooms as a viable alternative to Western pharmacology. Second, it explores studies pointing to mycelium as a solution to our gravest environmental challenges. And, finally, it details fungi’s marvelous proven ability to shift consciousness.  Motivating both the visually stunning film and this follow-up book is an urgent mission to change human consciousness and restore our planet.


Compare

Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives. An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doc Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives. An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doctors, and explorers joined forces with time-lapse master Louie Schwartzberg to create Fantastic Fungi, the life-affirming, mind-bending film about mushrooms and their mysterious interwoven rootlike filaments called mycelium. What this team reveals will blow your mind and possibly save the planet. This visually compelling companion book of the same name, edited by preeminent mycologist Paul Stamets, will expand upon the film in every way through extended transcripts, new essays and interviews, and additional facts about the fantastic realm of fungi. Fantastic Fungi is at the forefront of a mycological revolution that is quickly going mainstream. In this book, learn about the incredible communication network of mycelium under our feet, which has the proven ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship with nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to educate and inspire the reader in three critical areas: First, the text showcases research that reveals mushrooms as a viable alternative to Western pharmacology. Second, it explores studies pointing to mycelium as a solution to our gravest environmental challenges. And, finally, it details fungi’s marvelous proven ability to shift consciousness.  Motivating both the visually stunning film and this follow-up book is an urgent mission to change human consciousness and restore our planet.

30 review for Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Camelia Rose

    This is the companion book of the documentary film of the same name. It can be read independently. A lot of beautiful pictures. Some articles are transcripts; some are add-ons. Fantastic Fungi offers a good overview of fungi. Along with the documentary film, it has changed my view on fungi. It covers various aspects of the fungi kingdom. There are three parts: For the planet: - How mycelium works and what mycelium network does to the planet - Using fungi to fight pollution - Using fungi in viral/ba This is the companion book of the documentary film of the same name. It can be read independently. A lot of beautiful pictures. Some articles are transcripts; some are add-ons. Fantastic Fungi offers a good overview of fungi. Along with the documentary film, it has changed my view on fungi. It covers various aspects of the fungi kingdom. There are three parts: For the planet: - How mycelium works and what mycelium network does to the planet - Using fungi to fight pollution - Using fungi in viral/bacteria control For the body: - Edible mushrooms (morels, truffles, button mushrooms, shiitake, etc...) - Grow your own mushrooms - Medicinal and medical mushrooms (turkey tail, chaga, lion's mane, reishi, Agarikon, etc...) For the spirit: psychoactive mushrooms; Michael Pollan contributed a chapter. Turkey Tail is 云芝, and Reishi is 灵芝 in Chinese. Both have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Although I don't believe their miraculous effects as described in ancient literature, I am happy to have learned that modern science is proving their medical benefit in boosting immune system for cancer patients going through chemo therapies. I should try to grow some morels in my shed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marzie

    A beautiful companion to the lauded documentary about Paul Stamets' life's work researching fungi, mycelial networks, and the effects of fungi on human health and psychoactivity. With distractingly beautiful photography, this book reiterates in written form all of the amazing facts about fungi and their vital importance to our planet as described in the film. I cannot recommend the book and film highly enough. Stamets' earlier books, more technical and specialized, are a natural followup for tho A beautiful companion to the lauded documentary about Paul Stamets' life's work researching fungi, mycelial networks, and the effects of fungi on human health and psychoactivity. With distractingly beautiful photography, this book reiterates in written form all of the amazing facts about fungi and their vital importance to our planet as described in the film. I cannot recommend the book and film highly enough. Stamets' earlier books, more technical and specialized, are a natural followup for those looking to further their study of gourmet, medicinal and psychoactive mushrooms, along with the immense potential of mycelial growth for mycoremediation, mycofiltration, mycoforestry and even pest control through mycopesticides for organic farming.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Santiago

    Sublime. It's sometimes hard to concentrate on the text, because the photos are so exquisitely distractingly beautiful. Make the effort anyway. Many voices, culturally diverse, offering perspectives and findings you may not have heard before -- there is much new to me here. [Update 2019-12-25] I just read it again; slowly, savoring it. I love the organization (For the Planet; For the Body; For the Spirit). Love the content: voices filled with hope and promise. Sublime. It's sometimes hard to concentrate on the text, because the photos are so exquisitely distractingly beautiful. Make the effort anyway. Many voices, culturally diverse, offering perspectives and findings you may not have heard before -- there is much new to me here. [Update 2019-12-25] I just read it again; slowly, savoring it. I love the organization (For the Planet; For the Body; For the Spirit). Love the content: voices filled with hope and promise.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Wild!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rik

    Fascinating book about fungi and mushrooms, never realized watch an important role fungi play in our ecosystem

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Learning about mycelium has been such a mind-blowing experience. "A core concept of evolution is that, through natural selection, the strongest and fittest survive In truth (and scientifically proven), communities survive better than individuals, especially communi ties that rely on cooperation. Acting on such a principle, people want to give in order to receive which I think reflects the power of an essential goodness. I see this as a major force of nature that evolution is based on the concept Learning about mycelium has been such a mind-blowing experience. "A core concept of evolution is that, through natural selection, the strongest and fittest survive In truth (and scientifically proven), communities survive better than individuals, especially communi ties that rely on cooperation. Acting on such a principle, people want to give in order to receive which I think reflects the power of an essential goodness. I see this as a major force of nature that evolution is based on the concept of mutual benefit and generosity. It's certainly true in the world of fungi and plants and trees. Yes, there are negative influences in the human domain. We do have some bad actors. But I think their appearance reminds the majority that it's far better to base our actions on the values we strive to attain, on the principles we want to carry forward into future generations. Who wants to teach their children to be greedy, mean, and violent? Benevolence, kindness, trust, forgiveness-the fact that these concepts exist is to me de facto proof that the evolution of life has been based on the concept of goodness." Paul Stamets

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Feltham

    I loved the movie, Fantastic Fungi, especially the time-lapse photography of colorful mushrooms growing and transforming into bizarre shapes. I love to attempt to photograph mushrooms that grow in the forests near my home, and the photography in this book is outstanding. (But not as magical as the time-lapse images in the movie!) However, this book is an excellent companion piece, because several of the expert scientists and researchers have written short essays about their work, which goes by t I loved the movie, Fantastic Fungi, especially the time-lapse photography of colorful mushrooms growing and transforming into bizarre shapes. I love to attempt to photograph mushrooms that grow in the forests near my home, and the photography in this book is outstanding. (But not as magical as the time-lapse images in the movie!) However, this book is an excellent companion piece, because several of the expert scientists and researchers have written short essays about their work, which goes by too quickly in the film. Much of the book is devoted to the potential benefits of mushrooms in pharmacology, which does sound encouraging for people who suffer from severe depression and other mental health crises. I wish more than two recipes were included for those of us who crave mushroom cuisine.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Fantastic Fungi is the companion volume to the 2019 documentary film of the same name. It has mesmerizingly beautiful photos of a wide range of mushrooms, and consists of short essays written by experts on the power of mushrooms, including their function as connectors to other living things, their uses in mycoremediation, and their nutritional and pharmacological properties. This is a brief survey of the vast world of fungi. My only quibble is that the photos are outstanding but the type font an Fantastic Fungi is the companion volume to the 2019 documentary film of the same name. It has mesmerizingly beautiful photos of a wide range of mushrooms, and consists of short essays written by experts on the power of mushrooms, including their function as connectors to other living things, their uses in mycoremediation, and their nutritional and pharmacological properties. This is a brief survey of the vast world of fungi. My only quibble is that the photos are outstanding but the type font and layout is meh and, for footnotes, almost unreadable. Would have been helpful to have a serviceable reading list included. Despite these minor quibbles, it's highly recommended. I'd love to see the film.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is one beautiful book. The photography is exquisite and you can feel the quality of the pages etc. I like the concept of the short essays and thought that the way they were organized was logical and provided a nice broad examination of the endless potential (andy mystery) of fungi. I did think that some of the essays were underdeveloped, probably because there was an evident word limit that seemed challenging to fit an adequate overview of some of the research/concepts into. In that sense, This is one beautiful book. The photography is exquisite and you can feel the quality of the pages etc. I like the concept of the short essays and thought that the way they were organized was logical and provided a nice broad examination of the endless potential (andy mystery) of fungi. I did think that some of the essays were underdeveloped, probably because there was an evident word limit that seemed challenging to fit an adequate overview of some of the research/concepts into. In that sense, I also thought that some of the conclusions were rather abrupt, but the essays did provide very digestible snippets into different work going on with fungi, and readers can always look further into the research of any authors they found particularly intriguing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brad Dunn

    This feels more like a coffee table book than something you really dive into - but I bought it to support the movie by the same name, which is by far a 5 star endeavour. Great pictures though, if you want some really amazing fungi photography, there is something in this for you but the reading content, which is written by so many different people, is a bit disjointed so makes for a tricky read in one sitting. Paul Stamets is a 5 star human though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danie Hermes

    A Myco must A thoughtful collection of knowledge, musings, and rhapsodic waxing for the myco revolution. Originally inspired to read this book after watching the Fantastic Fungi documentary I am happy to see the book is a soul sister of sorts and have enjoyed my journey through the latest on radical mycology. If you are a fan of fungi, closet naturalist, or concerned about our declining environment (as we all should be) this is a book for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Matos

    Companion book to the documentary of the same name. Opens up a fascinating world of fungi. Neither plant nor animal, fungi are a kingdom of their own. Discusses fungi from the viewpoint of multiple people and professions, offering a broad overview of the different aspects of fungi. From remediation to psychotherapy, this book will have you thinking about mushrooms in an entirely new light.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I had already encountered many of the points brought up in this book when I read Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life. The on-going research on psylocibin is very interesting, but several of the authors of chapters in this book take the idea of mycelial networks and mushrooms being the cause of human intelligence and our only possible salvation a bit far. I am into mushrooms but not quite that much. I had already encountered many of the points brought up in this book when I read Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life. The on-going research on psylocibin is very interesting, but several of the authors of chapters in this book take the idea of mycelial networks and mushrooms being the cause of human intelligence and our only possible salvation a bit far. I am into mushrooms but not quite that much.

  14. 5 out of 5

    aguacate

    Companion book to the Louie Schwartzberg film about Paul Stamets and fungal research. A collection of essays, ruminations and recipes by a variety of academics and interested parties. Great for secondary sources and very inspiring for people new to, and familar with, the subject. Beautiful photos add an extra dimension to an already worthwhile book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    Lovely overview about all the different facets of mushrooms. The pictures are beautiful. Don't expect an in depth explanation of the world of mushrooms, but more of a summary of all the different uses and applications of them. Lovely overview about all the different facets of mushrooms. The pictures are beautiful. Don't expect an in depth explanation of the world of mushrooms, but more of a summary of all the different uses and applications of them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Whitt

    This book is cool, but focuses on convincing you that fungi is useful... I know. I bought the book because I already believed it. Very short chapters contain little depth and plenty of repetition. Pretty pictures

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Adams

    A truly beautiful complement to the documentary of the same name. I appreciated the organic organization, development, and presentation of ideas and insights in this book, and look forward to revisiting it (not to mention the photos!).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    this book will change your perception of the world

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mircea

    beautiful book with 0 additional info if you’ve seen the movie with the same name.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Leonetti

    Fantastic, indeed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice Hazdun

    Stunning photography, but the actual written information was quite shallow in content. Nonetheless provides a great reference to further research into the world of mycology.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Pate

    Very well done. Sources are well researched and images are beautiful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Irene B.

    I want to grow fungi!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dkettmann

    Very interesting and well written thoughts and essays but much like the film the highlight of this ebook was the jaw dropping pictures and visual work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam Schweigert

    The essays are pretty short and surface level (though a few are pretty good). Beautiful photos though!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elena Marjineanu

    The essays are a bit repetitive, but images are exquisite. Learned an awful lot about mushrooms, fungi, mycelium. Purchased the documentary film of the same name. Nice work!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    An excellent companion to the magnificent documentary.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Keller

    Must read for all!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erich King

    Just a lovely book to experience. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Harry Lee

    Such a beautiful book, covering the different aspects of mushrooms and how they interact with the world!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.