Stunned scientists discover that plants ‘learn like humans’ and intelligently adapt to their environments … are plants conscious? by Vicki Batts, published on Natural News, on December 18, 2016 (NaturalNews) In the past, it had been assumed that the ability to learn was something exclusive to animals. However, new evidence has indicated that this may not be the case. Recent research from the land down under has shown that plants are also capable of learning.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia were determined to see if plants were also capable of “associative learning,” and their findings are quite astonishing. Their experiments with pea seedlings proved that plants can learn and adapt to their environment. In their study, the research team found that the seedlings were able to choose the optimal growth direction for survival by accurately anticipating the occurrence of light after it was removed.
Their findings were recently published in the online journal Scientific Reports. The team was actually inspired by one of the most telling studies in the history of behavioral research – Pavlov’s experiments with dogs, which revealed that behavior could be changed through conditioning.
With a number of behavioral experiments, the Australian team was able to identify some very persuasive evidence which suggested that plants do indeed have the ability to learn. In fact, the plants were able to actually make an association between one event’s occurrence and the expectation of what would come next. The study’s leader, Professor Gagliano, placed the pea seedlings into a Y-shaped maze to observe their response, after initially being exposed to light coming from a specific direction. . .
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I have a small flower garden, mostly of drought-resistant plants because of California’s four-plus years drought. It’s a joy to interact with them 🙂
When we stop thinking of ourselves as the apex of living species, we can begin to learn from plants and trees.
Sounds like you’re like me, Rosaliene. I’m never too proud to admit I talk to plants.
Talking to Plants is not so peregrine.
There was a quite mundane intellectual hosted on msm who once surprised me (you always expect the worst for that breed) by admitting he was often embracing trees in order to be permeated by their ancestral energy.
Plants do react to love and attention (this is what proven ‘green thumbs’ have confirmed to me. And I do believe it).
Interesting. I will always remember an experiment von Daniken describes in one of his books in which scientists hooked plants up to voltmeters to measure their environmental responses. When someone boiled some live shrimp in the same room as one of the plants, the voltmeter registered off the scale.
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Also when somebody approached with the aim of cutting off leaves, the reaction was the same, if I dont go wrong.
Native people have a reverence for all things on this planet. They bless their kills and often thanked them for their sacrifice of their life for the hunters being able to feed their family. Maybe science needs to reevaluate it’s idea of consciousness. I have recently heard Vegans and Vegetarians arguments against those of us that eat meat. They felt it was cruel to kill animals to eat. This supports my thoughts that plant life is living. They kill a plants and fruits in order to eat it. Our bodies require our consumption of both flora and fauna to thrive at an optimal level. The point is having a reverence for all life. Using only what we need. It will be interesting to see what debates this information will spark in the future. thanks for the interesting post.
Good point, puppies about the importance of reverence for all life. I think the first step in achieving that reverence will be accepting that human beings are part of nature – it’s surprising how many people still view nature as “separate.