posted on Nov, 15 2013 @ 06:12 PM
This reminds me of a question I have asked myself over the years, but have never found something that satisfies my curiousity. It may also add more
mystery to the topic... maybe... maybe not
I've wondered how trees know what's best for them, in order to properly evolve into a successful life form.
A tree in my front yard, one I have no doubt you've seen, sheds it's seeds. There is an unmistaken familiarity realized as I see the seed pods
slowly fall to the ground, rotating much like a helicopter's blade. The pod itself looks like an insect wing and it is apparently designed to provide
the seeds with a greater chance to sprout and claim it's own place in the circle of life.
I am puzzled by this, maybe becaue I don't fully understand. I can not comprehend how a tree could know whether it's current stage of evolution
provides the highest likelihood for reproduction in comparison to it's previous levels of evolution.
How does it know whether it needs to modify itself and what the details of the modifications should be?
I can understand that some plants may be able to identify their seedlings based on any scents the new trees may produce, but that doesn't really
apply to the tree in my front yard and it's seedlings, does it?
If the seed pods have developed in such a manner that they can literally fly a relatively long distance from their parent tree, how could any scents
released by the seedlings signal their successful growth?
The tree can not follow it's seedlings around and observe any changes that may be needed. Obviously they are unable to see - as we understand seeing
and I find no other way to reconcile this with my curiosity.
Changes in plants & animals are undoubtedly occurring, but how are the more puzzling species explained?
Maybe, like us - only smaller, they are a biological supercomputer with the ability to experience their world in an entirely different and unknown
way. Maybe some of us do not understand this because we are not equipped to, maybe we do not have the required senses to realize how they interact
with the world around them.
Plants are ingenious, as seen by the plant that releases an irresistable pheromone that attracts hornets to their area. They do this as a security
system. When they detect an insect devouring them, they release this pheromone and summon the viscious hornets... who just-so-happen to love munching
on the plant eating insect that triggered the plant's alarm mechanism.
The potency of the scent is reduced as it moves away from the original plant. It also triggers other plants to release their pheromones in smaller
quantities, dependant on the scents potency upon arrival.
Thankfully I am no expert on the subject, I'd really hate to lose this sense of wonder and any innocence that may still live in me.