An international network of/for intelligent organisms
So you want slime?
I can give you slime. I'll post physarum to anyone anywhere free of charge.
"Free?" you say, surely that's too good to be true?
Indeed it is, I said free of charge, not actually free. This is the slime mould collective, lone oat flakes do not get visited by physarum fairy. You must prove your worth if you want to join and engage with the network. Assimilation doesn't hurt, we promise and you might like it.
Tell us why you want the slime, what are your hopes and fears for slimekind? Where do you you see your slime in five years time?
A paragraph, a short story, maybe a few lines of verse, how about an expressive dance? We don't mind we just want you to communicate.
In return we will let you have your very own slime sent discreetly in a plain envelope - your friends and family need never know!
Hi Ian! If you have some available and get a chance, I'd love to get some Physarum from you. I want to try to culture/propagate it and use it as food for some springtails that seem to be very picky eaters, but who have expressed an interest in another small, unknown slime mold that I've been working with.
I am of course brand new to P. Polycephalum and have A LOT to learn. I began my steps in this pursuit by some Slime from Carolina, after a suggestion from my nephew. We are looking to solve a maze and maybe replicate the Tokyo pattern. But I myself am curious to see what the slime is capable of as a single celled specimen. EG. how far can it be conditioned to learn, how quickly it adapts to challenge, and quite possibly how it does as an algorithm for decision making.
I have already got things going, with an unexpected amount of bumps, but just picked up an early grasp of interacting with the Slime. I saw the Slime detach from a new food source (possibly via confusion?) and form a "Glider" like pattern as referred to in Conway's Game of Life (https://playgameoflife.com/). In addition, its "pulse" is impressive under scope; such an amazing thing to see a Single Celled Organism form and maintain a smart structure via oscillating pulse. The organism is quite impressive and (in my beliefs/perception) a humbling point of just how little we know about this World and what good structural design is.
I have been looking around the website and found a lot of really interesting and useful information from all of you.
Ian, you run a good show. Your Manifesto guided me to a problem I had with my bed keeping the paper too wet. Simple is always better.
I look forward to what I will learn with this pursuit and possibly what I may share.
Hello! I have grown slime mold with my students that came from Carolina Biological and they were fascinated! I tried to keep the strain going afterward but was only able to maintain it for about 2 months before it gave up which is the experience that many instructors that I have spoken with have run into. I would love to be able to maintain my own colony and share my love of this group of organisms with my college students for many years to come. It is a little difficult to do my interpretive dance here but here is a haiku:
Slimy and yellow
One big intelligent cell
Finding oats to eat