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What a Plant Knows

Dr. Daniel Chamovitz articulates brilliantly in his 2012 book the amazing behavior of plants in response to their environment. I did not know the parallels between human and plant senses. I am so glad to now explore this more and find ways that this information might improve my relationship with plants. I am certain it will even inform my understanding of animal senses.

Are plants intelligent, problem solvers, communicators, and navigators? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are very different from us: unthinking, inert, silent, and sedentary. In Brilliant Green (translated from French), Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new understanding of the plant world. Combining a historical perspective with the latest in plant science, he argues that, due to cultural prejudices and human arrogance, we continue to underestimate plants. Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials -- but only if we humbly understand more about how they live.

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