Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Plants can think, feel pain

Walt Disney's boingy brain is undergoing a slow vindication.

Plants can think!

I see them react for sure, and engage in rational competition - pass a sunflower field in the Dordogne morning and see a tableau of Darwinian chaos, the taller guys get all the warmth, their softer cousins squenching in the dark.

MInd in this context does not seem to be a bold cogito, but processing power and adaptability, like a computer.

In another connection plants feel pain.

When a flower is plucked or a leaf segmented scientists can make out with very sensitive detectors the hum of a rudimentary scream. Obviously, plants dont want to be eaten or toyed with any more than you do, so there's another thing to feel guilty about.

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