posted on Jan, 3 2009 @ 03:17 PM
As a young teen, I was rather disturbed to discover that plants could feel pain. The very idea that my BLT was a murder scene preyed on my mind for a
while. I'd got the idea after reading a book called 'Supernature'. I understand the book was a million-seller in its day. The book made a lot of
assertions and added a mystical dimension to standard biology. It described how a 'scientist' had wired his lab plant to a polygraph and been
startled when it reacted like an anxious criminal.
The man was Cleve Backster
, a man with a good provenance and reputation. As plants don't have
a central nervous system or higher brain functions, he had to look elsewhere to explain his findings. Naturally, he drew conclusions that there must
be some form of 'connectedness' of the plant world in relation to the intent of humans. He described how by merely 'intending' to burn a plant's
leaves, the polygraph would react violently.
HIs findings have been accepted by
and rejected by others like
. The TV show Myth Busters
findings straight away
They then redesigned the tests under appropriately controlled scientific conditions. No significant change was found in the plants no matter the level
of hostile intent. They went on to replicate the test with bacterial cultures and even blood. Nothing whatsoever. An excellent account of Backster's
findings, theories and why they were almost entirely mistaken is found here.
As far as things stand, there is no evidence that plants can or do feel pain.
Edited for poor proof reading
[edit on 3-1-2009 by Kandinsky]