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Friday, February 14, 2014

Do Plants Have Intelligence?

Construction by Stephen Doyle.
New research on plant intelligence may forever change how you think about plants. The Intelligent Plant. That is the title of a recent article in The New Yorker — and new research is showing that plants have astounding abilities to sense and react to the world.

But can a plant be intelligent? Some plant scientists insist they are — since they can sense, learn, remember and even react in ways that would be familiar to humans.

Michael Pollan, author of such books as "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "The Botany of Desire," wrote the New Yorker piece about the developments in plant science. He says for the longest time, even mentioning the idea that plants could be intelligent was a quick way to being labeled "a whacko." But no more, which might be comforting to people who have long talked to their plants or played music for them.

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Also check out this video of Michael Pollan discussing time-lapse photography of bean plants looking very purposeful.

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