Mark Hovenden (mark_hov at au.gov.antdiv) wrote:
: Those of you who have read the few postings about the free will of
: plants might be interested to read the following private response I
: received from the exponent of what can only be some type of
: fanaticism. I hope you are all enjoying this as much as I am.
I think you are being a little harsh, Mark.
I accept that plants exhibit deterministic behaviour, as you do, but I
sought to explain to Grzegorz why I think he is wrong. One of the
areas that bionet.plants can be used for to good effect is to correct
mis-conceptions like this and present a more rational view of nature.
: [Grzegorz...email reply deleted]
: Now how can one argue with that? I bow, cap in hand, and admit
You are right to criticise fanaticism, and I agree with you in
principle, but one of the important roles of plant biology is to
provide a rational explanation of the behaviour of plants. This
explanation is, itself, the best defence against pseudo-science.
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