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Pixie pixie at access.mountain.net
Tue Nov 30 07:39:10 EST 1999

these fantastic scientists!!!

I remember when I was in school the theory (that was taught as fact) was 
that animals could not think!!  They reacted to instinct.  
Therefore there was no feeling, no emotion.  Quite recently the notion 
that birds could not smell was bandied about.  That notion has been 
changed also.

We superior human beings are so smug.  Since we are not plants, how dare 
we assume that they cannot think, react, or feel.

No nervous systems or brains?  How do we know??  They are very different 
from us, so what right do we have to make assumptions?  


James Campanella wrote:
> Hi,
> The hypothesis is utter nonsense. It was nonsense 30 years ago
> when it was first suggested and it is still nonsense. If one
> plant is damaged when nearby another, it will release a series
> of hormonal gases, chief among which is something called
> jasmonate. These hormonal gases alter the physiology of the
> nearby plants and may even cause a depolarization of membranes
> which was observed on the lie-detector. The system is in place
> in order to signal to nearby plants that one is being eaten
> or damaged by predators. The nearby plants then alter their
> physiological makeup to better deal with the possibility of
> being damaged.
> Plants do not fear or have any other emotions. You must have
> a complex nervous system to feel emotions and plants DO NOT
> have that.
> Dr. Jim Campanella
> Montclair State University
> Montclair, New Jersey 07042
> >At 05:34 PM 11/28/1999 -0500, you wrote:
> >>Hello, I am a Canadian student looking to do a high school biology
> >>project about plant emotions. I have heard of a previous study
> >>concerning plants having the capacity to fear. I thought that I might be
> >>able to test this by comparing the electrical activity of a control
> >>group of plants to another group that is exposed to plants of its own
> >>species being clipped and cut. I could also compare the growth rates of
> >>these groups as well as other characteristics. If anyone knows of
> >>further resources concerning this topic, or has any further suggestions
> >>about how I may improve upon this idea, or test other emotions, your
> >>replies will be appreciated.
> >>
> >>Thank You
> >>
> >>
> >>

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