Thursday, 4 July 2019

Are plants not conscious? Botanists take controversial stand against plant neurobiology

quote [ Frustrated by more than a decade of research which claims to reveal intentions, feelings and even consciousness in plants, more traditionally minded botanists have finally snapped. Plants, they protest, are emphatically not conscious. They argue that practitioners of "plant neurobiology” have become carried away with the admittedly impressive abilities of plants to sense and react to their environments.

Taiz: "They want to raise people's consciousness about plants as living organisms and reach them on an emotional level. I'm very sympathetic to the motivations, but it is clouding their objectivity. They have to be prepared for the fact that plants may not have consciousness" ]

But it's ok to eat figs, 'cause they don't have any feelings.

Paper in Trends in Plant Science: "Plants Neither Possess nor Require Consciousness", Lincoln Taiz, et al.

Thumb: Noted plant neurobiology researcher — AND NOTHING ELSE! — L. Ron Hubbard, who claimed that that "tomatoes scream when sliced".
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@10:35pmGMT]

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Jack Blue said @ 3:55pm GMT on 5th Jul
Cool. Does this allow me to escape the IRS?

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