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At Mind Matters News: Not just plants — even fungi like mushrooms — talk to each other?

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They are NOT judging us but they do have complex communications systems interacting with their environment:

The patterns that fungi like mushrooms use to communicate are said to be “strikingly similar” to those of human speech. But how?:

“Fungi send electrical signals to one another through hyphae—long, filamentous tendrils that the organisms use to grow and explore. The Guardian reports that previous research shows that the number of electrical impulses traveling through hyphae, sometimes likened to neurons, increases when fungi encounter new sources of food, and that this suggests it’s possible that fungi use this “language” to let each other know about new food sources or injury. – Natalia Mesa, “Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?” at The Scientist (April 6, 2022) The paper is open access.

That would make fungi, one of the kingdoms of life, similar to plants in that they can send chemical messages.

When researchers studied that, they discovered that the messages were somewhat complex

Denyse O’Leary, “Not just plants — even fungi like mushrooms — talk to each other?\” at Mind Matters News (April 14, 2022)

Takehome: We needn’t expect ‘Fungus’ on Google Translate any time soon. Fungi only talk about how and where to decompose other life forms’ detritus.

But life is much fuller of information than we had expected.


You may also wish to read: How plants talk when we’re not around. Some aspects of plant behavior can be studied in the same terms as animal or human behavior. Consciousness? Plant communications are extensive and perhaps much more complex than, say, computers, even though, as with computers, no one is likely “home.”

4 Replies to “At Mind Matters News: Not just plants — even fungi like mushrooms — talk to each other?

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    polistra says:

    The interesting thing about fungi is that they serve as a communication system for other plants and trees, while also communicating among themselves. Just like Facebook, the fungi are profiting from the death and destruction of their customers.

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    Seversky says:

    Is it significant that what we are interpreting as communication is happening without a conscious intelligence as either a sender or receiver of the information? Does this suggest that such an information processing capacity arose before a designing intelligence as ours?

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    asauber says:

    “Does this suggest that such an information processing capacity arose before a designing intelligence as ours?”

    Sev,

    Do you mean such an information processing capacity arose accidentally, before ours arising accidentally?

    Andrew

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    jerry says:

    Does this suggest that such an information processing capacity arose before a designing intelligence as ours?

    It points to a design which unless shown otherwise points to a designer.

    The unstated issue here which is the great question continually begged by the anti ID people is just how such a system/design originated? A designer obviously answers the question. No natural answer has proven even plausible let alone definitive.

    Is Seversky making the case for a creator?

    I always maintained Seversky was a pro ID plant masquerading as anti ID. It nearly impossible to be so uniformly wrong and so unresponsive unless by design.

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