Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

13 April 2006

Therianthropes - the plantanimals

Slime moulds are neither plants nor animals and yet they are both.

I have been thinking a lot lately about interspecies communication after attending a workshop on this exciting theme. Naturally occuring humananimal hybrids (ie where the souls of both parties mutually agree on an equal basis to join forces for a period of time) have been prominent. But permanent, interspecies hybrids where two very different species merge are less obvious. There are the chimeras of ancient myth. But slime moulds live here and now in our very presence and cannot be discounted by the god of science.

The bushmen of course are the masters of therianthropy, respectfully assuming the characteristics and physical stance of an animal. They may use this technique in order to hunt an animal or they may simply be asking the animal's permission to move through its territory.

So when and how did certain members of the slime family approach certain members of the mould family and say "hey let's merge"?

Check out the pics on the link, they are amazing.

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