Hacking the Mycilial Nervous System

              The Tall Whites are referred to by color only because they are truly indescribable creatures of polymorphic ooze. Fungi are known to thrive in outerspace but the Whites also seem to have adapted very well to earth's atmosphere, especially having only arrived in the last hundred years or so. 1.3 billion years before they found us, the very first life to appear on the earth's surface was fungus, 3 hundred million years before anything else would be able to survive here. The primary reason for that, of course, is that, at that point, there still wasn't any soil. Fortunately for all of us lesser life forms, fungus happens to be a very efficient terraformer, secreting acids and enzymes to break down rocks, leeching calcium, manganese, and iron from what begins as an inhospitable stoney crust but, especially over the course of millions of years, is ground into the soil from which most other terrestrial life springs, or will at least summer.

              Consider the parasitic fungus known as the Honey Mushroom, which can enter an ecosystem as a single microscopic spore. Its innate mycilial intelligence has been found to be staggeringly efficient, spewing forth vast networks of black filaments in all direction to locate its food, which, for this particular fungus, is thankfully restricted to plant life. You see, recently, in eastern Oregon, a Honey Mushroom was discovered that had been growing underground for 22,000 years. In that time it had reached a span of 3.5 miles, with an average depth of 3 feet. It's been estimated that this mushroom has slowly devoured the entire forest above it at least four times over, each time creating another thick layer of dirt out of which it's next meal will eventually spring forth, only to be inevitably devoured again once the unthinkably large Honey Mushroom's black tendrils decide to work their way up through the decomposed droppings from its previous meal. Today, this creature is not only the largest, but also the oldest, living organism on the planet.

              The fungus and animal kingdoms are, genetically speaking, more closely related than any of the five kingdoms on earth. In fact, 465 million years ago human beings and fungi shared a common ancestor, which diverged when our line chose to envelop it's food, while the fungus continued to digest its food externally. The introduction of a stomach lead to a need to build additional protective layers to contain moisture internally, and seven protective layers of skin to fight off invaders from the outside. For some reason fungus didn't need such thick skin to survive. The decision to become self contained envelopers caused our basic form of intelligence to evolve in completely different directions, such that our current thinking in organized from the outside going in, while all fungus cogitate inside out, which is what makes them such perfect symbiots. This becomes even more apparent when they start shutting down parts of your brain in order to make your thought process more like their own. While it's a feeling of great transcendence to even briefly touch a state not unlike the Mycelial Consciousness of the earth itself, I appreciate our own impressive approach to consciousness, if only for the hell of it.

              Ultimately, it is merely the nature of being human to be presented with a threshold, or more accurately thresholds, the transcendence of which, by the transhuman, the superhuman, the metahuman or even the molothian (“more-less-or-other-than-”humans) is considered such because they have transcended, or are now transcending, that which had once completely defined them.

              The free password to your next threshold experience at Superworld is “Moloths,” and can be redeemed with any employee, volunteer, or overly helpful player at all authorized Superworld location. Good luck and namaste.

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