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10 Pieces of Evidence That Plants Are Smarter Than You Think

Science & Tech  (tags: discovery, plants, habitat, interesting, investigation, study, world )

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Though plants possess nothing even remotely like brains, they can nevertheless communicate, measure time, and even use camouflage. They may not be thinking in a way that we'd recognize, but our chlorophyll-saturated pals are certainly doing a lot more tha

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Freya H (357)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:55 pm
Makes you wonder - could there be intelligent plants on other planets? Would we recognize them as intelligent? Would they recognize us as intelligent?

Grainne OCarroll (72)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:52 am
Cool! Thanks for sharing.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:23 am

Kerrie G (116)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:56 am
Noted, thanks.

Jason S (50)
Friday April 20, 2012, 8:47 am

Victor M (236)
Friday April 20, 2012, 12:13 pm
What do we define as intelligence?

Shirley S (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:11 pm

Shan D (49)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:37 pm
This is fascinating. :o) Like Clint Eastwood in "Paint Your Wagon", I talk to the trees. Maybe they actually do listen!

michael hall (42)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:43 pm
this was great-ts

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:13 pm
Thank you

M B (62)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:19 pm
Very interesting, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:57 pm
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:44 pm
Interesting article. Nature is really fantastic.

Carmen S (611)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:07 pm
very interesting, thanks for sharing this, Kathy

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:10 pm
No surprise to me ...I am a holistic practitioner and use Flower essences for physical and emotional issues and they are very gentle yet powerful!

Rin S (10)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:19 pm
I wouldn't say they're so much as intelligent, but instinctive. They're more 'alive' than we give them credit for.

Kate Kenner (215)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:45 pm
I wish people were smarter than I think.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Friday April 20, 2012, 7:58 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lloyd H (46)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 7:33 am
Nature is wonderful, this article is pure fertilizer, the kind that drops from the south end of a north bound herbivore. I realize that anthropomorphizing things in the natural world gives one a warm fuzzy feeling by reinforcing, justifying ones personal connection but this is pure crap. Water and other non-living things exhibit the same things, it always 'knows' which way is down, it will react to sound, it acts differently to various wave lengths of electro-magnetic radiation, it always follows the moon but that does not indicate intelligence, it does not even indicate genetically hardwired instinctual reaction to threats evolved over time. Instinctual reflexive response to stimuli, jerking your hand out of fire, dilations of your pupils in response to changes in the light, locking you hand onto a live wire that is killing you, flight or fight response are not signs of intelligence.

Saturday April 21, 2012, 7:51 am
Has anyone here ever read the book "The Secret Life of Plants," it is a very interesting read!

paul m (93)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 8:29 am


aj E (164)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 11:24 am

Danuta W (1249)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 12:34 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 7:48 pm

Edith B (146)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 9:22 pm
Thanks, guess I should start talking to my plants more.

Valentina M (0)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 4:18 am
Interesting.. thanks for sharing.

Erika L (3)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 4:34 am
This is fascinating. It almost reads like fantasy.

David C (131)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 6:37 am
noted. thanks.

Kay M (347)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 11:05 am

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 1:51 pm
Yes, I read this years ago. Willows are known to release chemical messages into the air when they are under attack by insects. Other willows pick up on these chemicals and increase production in themselves of protective substances making themselves unpalatable and even harmful to any insect that eats them. This truly is amazing science and definitely an indication of communication. Communication would be of no value without intelligence. Food for thought?

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:39 pm
Very interesting.

Michael T (82)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 8:29 pm
Imagine the experience of being consciously aware of two completely different orientations. One of the stalk or trunk & branches with above ground parts that are exposed to the air and elements while the other half extends sentience into the ground through roots into packed earth, creatures and darkness. It has to be an interesting experience of two completely different phenomena.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 12:52 pm
Very interesting and touching!

colleen p (38)
Monday May 7, 2012, 3:24 am
but unlike us when we pull our hand away from hot fire, a plant dosen't think about their defence cry!!!1111!

colleen p (38)
Monday May 7, 2012, 3:29 am
wait, but primitave animals do this to. do coral have nervous systems? Sponge and Jellyfish too?
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