Do Plants Think?

A new book, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, by scientist Daniel Chamovitz suggests that plants can see, feel, smell and remember. Maybe Prince Charles was on to something when he talked to his plants?

Maria Popova, in a review for Brain Pickings, writes:

Plants, it turns out, possess a sensory vocabulary far wider than our perception of them as static, near-inanimate objects might suggest: They can smell their own fruits’ ripeness, distinguish between different touches, tell up from down, and retain information about past events; they “see” when you’re approaching them and even “know” whether you’re wearing a red or blue shirt; like us, they have unique genes that detect light and darkness to wind up their internal clock.

Read the full review …

2 Responses to Do Plants Think?

  1. Helen December 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I wonder what my butternut and gem squash were thinking yesterday when the monkeys pinched them !

  2. Niall December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    they were probably wondering why you hadn’t picked them earlier 😛

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