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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 4:18 p.m. PST

"Although plants make up over 80% of the biomass on Earth, for centuries they have been thought of as inanimate and passive things. Researchers even coined the term "plant blindness" to refer to a cognitive bias that literally makes our brains zone out plants in our view and underestimate their importance.

But as research into the plant world has blossomed over the past 40 years, thanks in part to new biotechnologies allowing scientists to study gene expression, scientists are discovering how truly alive plants are. Even as new revelations change our knowledge of plant abilities, though, the debate on whether plants can be considered sentient remains contentious…"
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 9:36 p.m. PST

They definitely have some smarts.

I've got a small sago palm near the front door, and it actually "moves/moved" inside the pot and the soil it is in to get closer to the edge, in order to get more direct sunlight.

It didn't just lean, or bend, but somehow used its root system to move to a better spot in the dirt it is in.

So, it's not a "vegetable" like some plants are.

La Fleche30 Jun 2020 9:49 p.m. PST

To gain sustenance humans have developed a system requiring the extraction of minerals and compounds from the earth which are then converted into machines and chemical fertilisers to grow and harvest raw food materials which are then transported to factories where they are processed before being transported through complex distribution chains and then selected and further processed in commercial or domestic situations prior to extraction of their nutritional value by the human digestive system.

For the same benefit, plants just stick their ass in the ground.

Now, which is the intelligent one?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 12:44 p.m. PST



Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 2:39 p.m. PST

I often wonder if human intelligence is a fantasy.

Henry Martini01 Jul 2020 4:38 p.m. PST

Plants fantasise about human intelligence all the time.

Robert le Diable01 Jul 2020 6:14 p.m. PST

Then they wake up, and wonder if they're a human dreaming about being a plant, or really a plant that's just been dreaming about human intelligence.

Uparmored02 Jul 2020 2:13 a.m. PST

dumb plants

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2020 12:48 p.m. PST



Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2020 6:27 a.m. PST

"I often wonder if human intelligence is a fantasy".

Given a lot of stuff in the news of late, I must concur with your theory.

Legion 403 Jul 2020 8:54 a.m. PST

thumbs up Yep just turn on the daily news feeds …

von Schwartz08 Jul 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

Pipe down you guys, I'm on the phone with my petunias!!

Legion 409 Jul 2020 7:15 a.m. PST


A lot of places are now serving vegie burgers !

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