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Movies you might’ve missed | Plant intelligence

The Secret Life of Plants is a 1979 documentary made about the 1973 book of the same name by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book created quite a stir with its presentation of research making the case that plants are indeed sentient, despite their apparent lack of a nervous system and a brain. Although mainstream scientists debunked most of the book’s and movie’s claims, current research is reinvigorating them based […]

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Stephen Harrod Buhner | The intelligence of plants

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an award-winning author of 22 books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers that include Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. He says that the greatest influence on his work, however, has […]

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Joe Cottonwood | Intelligent plant poetry

How to Make a Walking Stick Find a branch that has fallen from a tree. Ask the tree if you may use this wood. Wait for the answer (sometimes trees are slow). Listen to the call of the crow, the bark of the fox. If bird or fox speak, they speak for the tree, and the answer is Yes. Or if no animal calls, if no wind rustles, but if […]

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Barrett Warner | The scenic route and more

Bare, I Come to You I never had a green thumb. It was orange, yellow, sometimes blue. Plants died. Goldfish died. On some mornings I enter the kitchen to find dead roaches, curled up papery worms, spiders caught in their own silk. Geese fall out of the sky to land at my feet. Corn and beans mildew on the stalk and topsoil smothers the stream. Bees have stopped dancing. Every […]

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