MadSci Network: Botany

Re: do plants have emotional feelings?

Date: Wed Dec 8 20:31:43 2004
Posted By: David Hershey, Faculty, Botany, NA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 1102548062.Bt

No, as far as we can tell. Plants do sense the environment in many ways and
respond to it so some botanists, or plant scientists, consider plants to be

Trewavas, A. 2003. Aspects of plant intelligence. Annals of Botany 92: 1-20

There are some nonscientists who believe plants grow better with certain kinds
of music, when they are talked to nicely or when they are prayed to. However,
this is considered pseudoscience by real botanists. 

The bestselling book "The Secret Life of Plants" contains a lot of plant
pseudoscience such as Cleve Backster's experiments on hooking plants up to lie
detectors. Of course, lie detectors were not designed for plants, and plants
have no brains. Ask yourself, would a brain-dead person feel emotions? 


Science Projects on Music and Sound


Plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect)

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