Sunday, July 11, 2010

SUNDAY BREAKFAST















I guess this ends our three-day fungi-cycle with the mushrooms cooked and on a plate. But as I sit down to my fried mushrooms, does it occur to me that I might be eating an alien lifeform? It didn’t until McKenna put in his dime’s-worth (see last Friday.) The point might also be raised as to how we humans are pretty much incapable of comprehending any being that isn’t approximately the same size as – and moving at a similar metabolic velocity to – ourselves. Once, in a short story called Big Trouble On The Monkey Planet (included in the anthology Zones of Chaos) I postulated a character called Qua/D/Thrrof, who was the discursive focus of a being, essentially a form of highly intelligent yeast, about nine thousand miles long and one molecule thick, but that humans were totally unable to recognize as life. The same might just apply to mushrooms. It’s quite possible that fungi could have thought processes of a deep and profound superiority but, because they move at the same speed as very old trees, we could never conceive them as such. Tolkein kinda scratched the surface of this with the Ents, but only in the most minimal manner. Or maybe the ‘shrooms really are just breakfast after all.

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8 comments:

x_S said...

Didn't renquist consume some blood contaminated with a funky fungus growing down in Underland?

Those mushrooms got nuked too... just saying.

Anonymous said...

Come on people? WTF!?!? He's looking for 42 comments, get in the fucking conversation!

Pepsi said...

He just wants the mice to tell him the secret of the universe.

Anonymous said...

WRONG!

Hitchiking in the galaxy this is not about... COMMENTS! 42 OF THEM!

SAY IT MICK! 42 COMMENTS!

Ian said...

My mushrooms talk to me all the time. And they're building something in the cellar...

Brown said...

One could argue that many people are the same way,slow to think but they pass for what we call human by following basic movements that mimic what we think of as thought. I have a friend like that. To give you an idea, his favorite line goes something like this:"You know, like, um...I lift weights,what's up, you know?" Kid is making his 4th attempt at calculus I.

translator01 said...

Qua/D/Thrrof rules!!

Ian said...

Humans are from Venus, fungii are from mars.