by Sayer Ji
Modern science is only beginning
to catch up to the wisdom of the
a rudimentary form of intelligence...
Plants are far more
intelligent and capable than we given them credit.
In fact, provocative
research from 2010 published in Plant Signaling & Behavior
proposes that since they cannot escape environmental stresses in the
manner of animals, they have developed a,
highly responsive and dynamic physiology," which includes
information processes such as "biological quantum computing" and
"cellular light memory" which could be described as forms of
Plants - From Memory to Intelligence," the study highlights one
particular "super power" of plants indicative of their success as
"There are living
trees that germinated long before J.C. was born.
What sort of life
wisdom evolved in plants to make it possible to survive and
propagate for so long a time in the same place they germinated?"
According to the
"plants actually work
as a biological quantum computing device that is capable to
process quantum information encrypted in light intensity and in
processing includes a mechanism for processing memorized
"plants can store and
use information from the spectral composition of light for
several days or more to anticipate changes that might appear in
the near future in the environment, for example, for
anticipation of pathogen attack."
According to the study,
"plants can actually
think and remember."
Moreover, plant not only
possess a mechanism for information gathering and processing, but
appear to exercise agency or "choice" vis-Ó-vis different scenarios:
"different group of
chloroplasts and cells in the same leaf under identical constant
and stable light, temperature and relative humidity condition
have different opinion 'what to do' in such conditions and tests
different scenarios of possible future development."
The study also offers an
explanation for why plants absorb more light energy than is needed
for photosynthesis alone:
answer to the above question is a light training of young na´ve
Let's imagine when
young leaf or flower is emerging out of a plant, it would be
nice for that leaf or flower to know about the conditions in
which it is going to emerge.
experienced leaves that actually are acclimated to outside
conditions can train na´ve emerging young leaves with the PEPS [photoelectrophysiological
signaling] and cellular light memory mechanisms.
This explains why
plants possess a natural capacity to absorb more light energy
than that required for photosynthetic CO2
They need this
absorbed energy in excess for optimization and training of light
acclimatory and immune defenses."
The authors leave us with
the provocative conclusion:
Our results suggest
that plants are intelligent organisms capable of performing a
sort of thinking process (understood as at the same time and
non-stress conditions capable of performing several different
scenarios of possible future definitive responses), and capable
of memorizing this training.
Indeed leaves in the
dark are able to not only "see" the light,8,34 but also are able
to differently remember its spectral composition and use this
memorized information to increase their Darwinian fitness."
Why is this
There are many reasons why recognizing the sentience and
intelligence of plants may have positive implications for the future
For one, it helps us all
to transcend the dominant worldview that non-human life forms are
best defined in strictly mechanistic terms, and that attributing a
"life essence" or consciousness to them is a form of magical
Maurice Merleau-Pointy called this world view the "Great
Object," namely, that everything in the universe is compromised of
material objects externally related to one another, and with
consciousness merely an ephemeral subjectivity found only in humans.
To the contrary, if we open ourselves to the possibility that we are
all participants in
an interconnected web of life, as many
indigenous peoples believed and actually experienced things to be,
destroying the natural world simply to serve the essentially
suicidal infinite economic growth model will be identified for the
insanity that it is.
If we recognize, as
biologist James Lovelock proposed, the Earth as a whole should be
looked upon more like a self-regulating organism (Gaia
hypothesis), or as mycologist
there is a fungi-based internet within the ground
connecting all living things on the planet in an information-sharing
network, we will be less likely to both perceive and to treat the
natural world as "other" to be dominated.
We've also been reporting
the role of exosomes as cross-kingdom messengers, which provides
a plausible mechanism for how all of the Earth's inhabitants -
plant, fungal, bacteria, animal, etc. - are linked together in an
open access, information sharing network.
Recognizing that plants, for instance,
have consciousness, or that
their simple presence in our environment has healing effects,
reintroduces an element of wonder and mystery back into the
experience of the natural world:
A perfect example of this
can be found in the 'singing plants' of the sacred forest of Damanhur.
in the mid-70's reported using custom equipment to capture
electromagnetic changes on the surface of leaves and roots and
transforming them into audible signals.
The researchers also
observed that the plants learned to control their electrical
responses, indicating they had some rudimentary awareness of the
music they were creating.
To learn more visit the
Damanhur project website, and watch the video below.