Radical Mycology: Human-Fungal Relations Past, Present and Future with Peter McCoy

  • Thu 23rd Feb 2023, 2pm – 4pm America/New York (UTC -05:00)
  • Online
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Explore the past, present and future of human-fungal relations with Radical Mycology co-founder and author, Peter McCoy.

Mycology is proving itself to be a nearly inexhaustible field for innovation. As new discoveries are constantly being made, there seems to be no end to what fungi can offer humans, their communities, and the environments they touch. These revelations are only the most recent chapter in the long-standing history that humans have shared with fungi. 

In this presentation and interactive talk, Peter will explore the rich depth and breadth of ethomycological history, from the centrality of fungi in many prehistoric cultures to their increasingly significant influences on modern society and the future of technological design. Ancient practices with fungi will be presented alongside cutting edge techniques to show that working with fungi is not just important, but integral to the human story.

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Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. Clocking over 20 years of experience working with fungi, Peter is considered one of the most prominent voices in the modern mycology movement. His work is widely regarded as pioneering in the topics of accessible mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation, while his in-depth mycological knowledge has also elevated his voice to one of the foremost in the less-explored fields of fungal evolution, fungal communication, and the history of fungi in human cultures.

In 2006, Peter co-founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots mycological advocacy organization and social movement to share his life-long passion for helping others understand mycology. In the years following, Peter’s knowledge brought him to teach mushroom cultivation and applied mycology to people around the world. In 2016, Peter published the 650-page book Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi to share his accumulated knowledge. The book has since been hailed as a milestone for the progress of mycology as a people’s science. Aware of the global need for accessible mycological education, Peter founded the school Mycologos in 2017. His most recent book, The Mycocultural Revolution: Transforming Our World With Mushrooms, Lichens, and Other Fungi is now available. A lover of the outdoors, his hands-on and environmentally conscious approach to teaching is a direct response to a life of exploring, foraging, and living in the fungi-rich Pacific Northwest of the United States.



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