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The Intelligence of Plants

SEBASTIÁN MEJÍA, SÉRIE QUASI OASIS, 17, SANTIAGO DU CHILI, 2012 © SEBASTIÁN MEJÍA

What if plants are smarter than we think — a lot smarter?

Intelligence is really the central question in all of this. What, precisely, is it? Must the ability to remember, learn, and decide come from neurons and a “brain,” as we tend to think of it, or should we broaden the definition to include a “mindless mastery,” as Anthony Trewavas, an emeritus professor of biological sciences at the University of Edinburgh, calls it? The crux of the question rests on whether we think we are the center of the universe and that our mechanisms for remembering and learning, are superior. Or, might we be willing to see that there are other, nonneurological modes of thought? Might we be willing to de-center ourselves and view the environment through a nonhuman lens?

 

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Greta LaFleur Examines Environmental Histories of Desire – Edge Effects

Baba, Walton Ford, painting

A new book by Greta LaFleur shows how desire was produced alongside taxonomies of plants and racial difference in early British colonial texts.

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IN OTHER EDENS: On Amanda Ackerman’s The Book of Feral Flora : Divya Victor : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

IN OTHER EDENS: On Amanda Ackerman’s The Book of Feral Flora : Divya Victor : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation.