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On December 29, 2020 journalist Krissy Eliot joined Fahrusha to discuss the intelligence of plants. Krissy wrote an entire special edition of the Society for Scientific Exploration’s Edge Science Magazine. Giving credit where credit is due: this was the brainchild of editor Patrick Huyghe who also facilitated the connection with “Shattered Reality Podcast”.
The article is a compendium of contemporary study of the consciousness of the vegetative kingdom, with a few notable nods to the past. We strongly recommend that you read Eliot’s article to have more comprehension of what the podcast covers. There is so much to absorb.
Fahrusha contends that the language one speaks has a strong effect on one’s perception of the nature of one’s environment. Even in closely linked Indo-European languages the presence of multiple gendered articles of speech (Italian, Spanish, and German) versus one (English) can color perception. When we consider, for example, some indigenous North American languages with no past and future tenses, the differences can be mind boggling. Fahrusha apologizes for poor accent reproduction.
One of the most impressive studies comes from Italian researcher, Monica Gagliano, who bravely spent time alone in the jungle with several different plants to learn their thoughts. However to all those researchers who say plants must have a mammalian type brain, we say, “Squid, squid, squid”. To Fahrusha, the question comes down to the difference between consciousness and self-consciousness, and that jury is still out.
Trees and other plants and fungi can be perceived to have friends and foes of the same and different species and often practice cross species co-operation. Forrester Peter Wohlleben in Germany studies co-operation and friendship between trees.
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