Heather Barnett: Superorganisms- Those Wily and Wondrous Slime Molds

Voices of Nature #18, Heather Barnett, Superorganisms: Those Wily and Wondrous Slime Molds

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Slime molds aren’t really molds, some of them are multiple amoebas that cohabit within a single cell membrane. They have no brain or nervous system, yet they can perform remarkable feats of decision-making and memory. Enter the life of the slime mold and ask yourself: Am I really that smart?

Heather Barnett is an artist and teacher, frequently working with biological materials. She has been working with intelligent beings, including slime molds and humans, for years and often marvels at the similarities.

Presented at Climate, Biodiversity, and Survival: Listening to the Voices of Nature conference at Harvard University on November 17-18, 2018

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