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Entangled Life

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A book by Merlin Sheldrake on fungi and the surprising ways that biology defies the categories we try to put it in.

On mutual aid:

The strongest riposte to the dog-eat-dog vision of nature red in tooth and claw came from the Russian anarchist Peter Propotkin in his bestselling book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution in 1902. In it he stresses that sociability was as much a part of nature as the struggle for existence. Based on hi interpretation of nature, he advocated a clear message: don’t compete, practice mutual aid. That is the surest means of giving to each and to all the greatest safety, the best guarantee of existence and progress bodily, intellectual, and moral. (Merlin Sheldrake in Entangled Life)