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Originally posted by fiftyfifty
Ah man, if fruit 'n' veg feels pain, what would the vgetarians do? Bread, water and crackers mmmm!
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
Pain is merely a reaction the body uses to tell the mind that something is wrong. The fact is, plants don't need an elaborate sensory system like us, just like plants don't need eyeballs.
Originally posted by almighty bob
From a scientific perspective, anything that lives 'feels pain', i.e. will trigger a reaction to anything that disrupts its life-process. Moreover, all things will trigger some kind of reaction, even a rock, to any change.
Environmental and biological triggers of ethylene
Environmental cues can induce the biosynthesis of the plant hormone. Flooding, drought, chilling, wounding, and pathogen attack can induce ethylene formation in the plant.
Church first trained rats to obtain food by pressing a lever. He found that if a rat pressing the lever saw another rat in a neighboring cage receive a shock from an electrified cage floor, the first rat would interrupt its activity--a remarkable result. Why shouldn't the rat continue to get food and simply ignore the other animal's flinching?
Originally posted by joesomebody
Plants aren't sentient. They are living, and there are simply signals interpreted by the tree/apple. The tree saps over the place the apple was, etc...
Originally posted by agent violet
So I remember being in a biology class not too long ago and seeing an old black and white film dealing with plants and their awareness of a sense of pain. The film had a lead character, possibly a scientist of some sort, and what the 'scientist' did was attach some sort of (electrical nodes?) to apples that were on a tree.