In the study of paranormal phenomenon Plant perception, or biocommunication in plant cells, has come to mean a
belief that plants are sentient, that they experience pain, pleasure, or emotions such as fear and affection, and
that they have the ability to communicate with humans and other forms of life in a recognizable manner. While plants
can communicate through chemical signals, and certainly have complex responses to stimuli, the belief that they
possess advanced affective or cognitive abilities receives little support except in the parapsychology studies
community and among believers in the Gaia hypothesis.
I can't believe I hadn't heard about this book before I found it on the shelf. Published in the 1970s, it explores
the relationship between humans and plant life. Numerous scientific studies with lie detector tests, electrodes, and
other '70s high-tech instruments produce astounding results. Plants have feelings: they feel fear, they help each
other, they try to communicate, they like music! Plants can read your mind. Kate, Powells.com
that they have the ability to communicate with humans and other forms of life in a recognizable manner.
Originally posted by runetang
there is a strange connection between plants and humans, and it does extend into the plant world a bit, not just the human world. ive been told countless times that when you are growing a garden, to come 'tend' to the garden every day even if it doesnt need watering, because the plants when growing actually "like" human interaction, it stimulates them in some way increasing the growth rate.
I suspect this could be an explainable science, that perhaps the human being lets off a certain field of vibration, or of energy, or of magnetism, or something that causes growth in a plant if that human is around that plant very often, every day. It has to be the close proximity of the two, physical distance.. the closeness allows the fields to cause the effect.
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It would never occur to a plant or animal physiologist to test plants for consciousness or ESP because their knowledge would be sufficient to rule out the possibility of plants having feelings or perceptions on the order of human feeling or perception. In layman's terms, plants don't have brains or anything similar to brains.
However, a person completely ignorant of plant and animal science has not only tested plants for perception and feeling, he claims that he has scientific proof that plants experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts. He also claims that plants can read human minds. His name is Cleve Backster and he published his research in the International Journal of Parapsychology ("Evidence of a Primary Perception in Plant Life," vol. 10, no. 4, Winter 1968, pp. 329-348). He tested his plants on a polygraph machine and found that plants react to thoughts and threats.
Cleve Backster, who instituted the Central Intelligence Agency's polygraph program in 1948, also has some curious ideas about plants (in particular, that they can perceive human thoughts and intentions), as the following article on Skepdic.com explains:
Backster seems to believe that there is a conspiracy in the scientific community to discredit his revolutionary discovery that plants can read human thought. But scientists have been unable to reproduce his results under controlled conditions.
But over here, the idea occurred to me, the idea occurred to me - and only the idea - "I know what I am going to do: I am going to burn that plant leaf, that very leaf that's attached to the polygraph."
Now I didn't have matches in the room. I wasn't touching the plant in any way. I was maybe five feet away from the desk. I was essentially away from the plant.
The only new thing that occurred was my intent to burn that plant leaf.
Right here, split second-wise, was when I thought of burning that plant leaf and the image entered my mind. I wasn't using words at all.
And up that the thing went into a wild agitation.
Now this was very late at night and towards morning. The building was empty and there was just no other reason for this reaction. This had been going along at a fairly stable level all the way up to this point.
So this amazed me.
This, I would say, would be a very high quality observation, and my consciousness hasn't been the same since. And this happened in 1966.
I thought, "Wow! This thing read my mind!" It was that obvious to me right then.
Originally posted by jdposey
For anyone who can remember back to the mid, to late seventies, this perhaps, is the book which ignited the frenzy which lead to everyone nurturing and talking to their house plants, treating them with tender loving care, as though they were human.