Plants Are Smarter Than We Think

This is a really cool article. They actually put plants into an unconscious state, and thereby realized that plants are indeed conscious.

Just thought I’d share this. Link in the headline and article is only a small excerpt:

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Now, a study published recently in Annals of Botany has shown that plants can be frozen in place with a range of anesthetics, including the types that are used when you undergo surgery.

Insights gleaned from the study may help doctors better understand the variety of anesthetics used in surgeries. But the research also highlights that plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed.

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“Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices,” said Frantisek Baluska, a plant cell biologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and co-author of the study. “They’re living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like with humans feeling pain or joy. In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some compass.”

(full article here)

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