Thus Spoke the Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and PersonalEncounters with Plants Prime – Entrecielos.co

An accessible and compelling story of a scientist s discovery of plant communication and how it influenced her research and changed her lifeIn this phytobiography a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices The book draws on up close and personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it Gagliano has published numerous peer reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighboring plants She has pioneered the brand new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own voices and, over, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has re ignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way


13 thoughts on “Thus Spoke the Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and PersonalEncounters with Plants

  1. Harald und Andrea Rieder Harald und Andrea Rieder says:

    F r alle aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum bietet dieses Buch die M glichkeit, ein sehr gutes Englisch zu lernen und zugleich noch weitere wichtige Dinge Doch wovon handelt dieses Buch genau Wenn ich z hlen m sste, dann w rde ich bei der Antwort auf die Frage auf die Zahl 3 kommen.Erstens stellt es wissenschaftliche Experimente aus j ngerer Zeit vor, die unsere Vorstellungen davon, was Pflanzen sind und k nnen, korrigieren sollen Sie verwenden Kommunikationskan le, die wir nicht kennen Sie haben die F higkeit zu assoziativem Lernen Sie k nnen h ren, wo Wasser flie t und Wasserrauschen von wei em Rauschen unterscheiden Sie sp ren elektromagnetische Felder und meiden diese Das ist ein kleiner Schritt auf dem Weg, der vor dem naiven Realisten zu dessen Typus wenigstens 99% der menschlichen Weltbev lkerung gez hlt werden m ssen liegt, wenn er versucht zu verstehen, was diese Welt wirklich ist Aber er geht in die richtige Richtung.Zweitens beschreibt dieses Buch den ganz pers nlichen Weg eines jungen Menschen hin zu sehr tiefen Erkenntnissen W hrend andere sich mit ihrem arttypisch beschr nkten menschlichen Verstand am Messproblem, Wigners Freund, dem Black Hole Information Paradox oder dem Leib Seele Problem abrackern, hat Monica Gagliano offensichtlich eine Abk rzung gefunden, in der wiederum Pflanzen eine wesentliche Rolle spielen Die Abk rzung f hrt unter anderem ber Schamanismus und den Konsum von Drogen, und dabei treffen Botschaften auf einen unvoreingenommenen intelligenten Geist Die dabei erlangten mystischen Einsichten wurden in Worte verpackt und den Kapiteln vorangestellt Menschliche Sprache ist dazu eigentlich nicht geeignet, was auch gleich vor dem ersten Kapitel kundgetan wird Vor diesem Hintergrund wurde das Bestm gliche herausgeholt Wer etwas in deutscher Sprache sucht, was dieselben Botschaften enth lt, der wird bei Arthur Schopenhauers Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung oder bei Hans Peter D rr f ndig.Drittens ist das Buch ein leidenschaftliches Pl doyer gegen die unendliche menschliche Dummheit Einstein , Gier und berheblichkeit und ihre Folgen, die in immer gr erer Geschwindigkeit, verursacht durch eine Ideologie exponentiellenen Zwangswachstums, auf diesen einzigartigen Planeten treffen Dabei kann man nur sehr viel Gl ck w nschen.F r jeden, der dazu bereit ist, seine durch das Leben und berlebenm ssen festgezimmerten Denkgewohnheiten noch einmal in Frage zu stellen, seien hier noch 2 ltere berlieferungen als Motivation gegeben Und als Jesus ein Kindlein herzugerufen hatte, stellte er es in ihre Mitte und sprach Wahrlich, ich sage euch, wenn ihr nicht umkehret und werdet wie die Kindlein, so werdet ihr nicht in das Reich der Himmel Anm Erkenntnis eingehen Matth us 18 Bei dieser Forschung k nnen wir uns durch die f r besondere praktische tempor re und beschr nkte Ziele gebildeten Zusammenfassungen und Abgrenzungen K rper, Ich, Materie, Geist nicht hindern lassen Vielmehr m ssen sich bei der Forschung selbst, wie dies in jeder Spezialwissenschaft geschieht, die zweckm igsten Denkformen erst ergeben Es mu durchaus an die Stelle der berkommenen instinktiven eine freiere, naivere, der entwickelten Erfahrung sich anpassende, ber das Bed rfnisse des praktischen Lebens hinausreichende Auffassung treten Ernst Mach, Die Analyse der Empfindungen und das Verh ltnis des Physischen zum Psychischen, I.13.


  2. Matt Matt says:

    If my review can stop one person wasting their money on this its worth it Right from the off it appears the author has taken far too many strong hallucinogenics Plants certainly do have healing properties, are critical to nature and our understanding of the world and provide mankind with everything from materials to the powerful drugs the author has taken However this account for lack of a better word of her travelling the globe and having plants speak to her is basically just a description of what amounts to an endless trip.The science is interesting but descriptions and analysis all too brief Instead pages given over to the most idiotic forms of drug induced psychosis of plants as sentient beings communicating with the author via the spirit realm and leading her to take actions they advise sort of, she s pretty lenient with that There is a nugget of interesting science here and I don t condemn those of a spiritual belief but this ignores the science and is too extreme to be taken remotely seriously by people interested in the later.Much of the book is reduced to self aggrandising gibberish with the odd paragraph of actual interesting insight but they re few and far between.


  3. Tout en chantant Tout en chantant says:

    This review is meant mainly for the AUDIO VERSION of the book Julie Slater does a disgraceful job of it, most off putting The book itself is great I have the kindle version too, thankfully.


  4. Luca Conte Luca Conte says:

    Un libro originale e molto bello Complimenti all autrice Amiamo Monica Gagliano non solo per il rilevo delle sue ricerche e le relative scoperte, ma per come si pone verso le piante nella sua qualit di scienziato Notevoli sono i suoi approfondimenti, le sue riflessioni sul rapporto fra umani e le piante Aspettavamo persone come lei Assieme ad altri grandi scienziati come Suzanne Simard, Stefano Mancuso, Tony Trevawas, Rick Karban, filosofi come Marder, Di Paola, Pellegrino e molti altri studiosi e ricercatori sta contribuendo a compensare quella separazione che nella civilt occidentale si creata fra umani e piante, queste ultime da considerare come persone non umane I suoi scritti e i suoi video sono d ispirazione per noi coltivatori biologici.


  5. Antoni Gandia Fernandez Antoni Gandia Fernandez says:

    The book is written with passion and most chapters are engaging from start to finish It is not a scientific manual or manifesto but precisely a personal narrative of the findings and adventures of the author that could be open to all kinds of interpretations I personally enjoyed it, provably because I am a forester and plant molecular biologist.


  6. Elijah Elijah says:

    A great read that truly challenges many things we consider to be fact.


  7. Ana Alava Ana Alava says:

    Beautiful book, full of emotions and knowledge I truly recomend it


  8. Hisham Hisham says:

    Fascinating, I loved it Thank you Monica Gagliano for this amazing mind blowing book.


  9. BeeJay BeeJay says:

    I ve done extensive studying and reading in the area of metaphysics, and I am also a believer in plant consciousness It is that belief and the desire to learn about it that prompted me to buy this book But truly, there was so much in this book that I would consider off the wall that I could not get much out of it The author s reports of her hallucinogenic communications with plants did nothing to enlighten me or to further convince me of the consciousness that I do believe in Sorry, but much of this book just struck me as bizarre, and even difficult or unpleasant to read At times I could not even be sure where she was going with her ramblings This was not what I was expecting, so I was disappointed.


  10. Penrose Penrose says:

    This work is shot through with scholarly, polysyllabic words, but don t let that deter you from the meat of the message We can communicate with plants, trees and the rest of our living planet This knowledge is vital for the survival of humans upon the earth Without green living things, water will be out of control, air will not replenish the oxygen we need to breathe and no crops will be produced for us to eat If we keep treating the rest of life like they are inanimate and as insensitive as the human male, we can destroy our very life support systems I began reading this work and attuning my inner self to any messages around and felt an earthquake in my gut with landslides there, too Behold the earthquake in Alaska and landslides in California I did a vision quest with Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions, back in the 1970s and remain connected to the Earth thereby This book will be a great help for survivors of the destruction being attempted by the real mean men Read it and help us.


  11. Michael J. Edelman Michael J. Edelman says:

    Almost 50 years ago biologist James Lovelock, drawing on the work of earlier researchers, formulated the Gaia principle, or Gaia Hypothesis, as it has come to be known This is the idea that organisms co evolve with their environment, and that populations and their environments can be viewed as superorganisms The Earth, its atmosphere, lakes, oceans, all its plants and animals, can be analyzed as a single complex organism the Biosphere much as a jellyfish can be seen as a community of separately reproducing organisms, or the human digestive system can be seen as a community of individual organisms reproducing within, and in concert with, the organs of the digestive tract.This was a radical notion when Lovelock first presented it, and it was widely derided as new age nonsense But over the decades since it has become widely accepted, if not necessarily in its full form as laid out by Lovelock and his collaborators Most revolutions in scientific thought begin as heresy, and end of as orthodoxy It was with that in mind that I approached this book.Dr Gagliano presents a radical hypothesis that draws on the Gaia principal, but takes it a step farther Not only are plants co evolving with their environment, as Lovelock hypothesized, they are actively learning from it, and communicating with other individuals within it Plant communication in and of itself is not a terribly radical notion It is, in fact, a well established phenomenon It has been demonstrated that many plants under insect attack release pheromones that trigger a defensive response in nearby plants.Nor is the idea of learning of in plants specifically, in Mimosa a particularly new hypothesis, as similar studies were done as far back as the 1960s Individual neurons are obviously capable of learning, and while they are particularly specialized to the task, there s no reason in principal that other living cells shouldn t demonstrate similar phenomena.But Gagliano takes a step beyond the accepted phenomena of plant communication, and argues for a plant intelligence, and for a nonphysical communication between plants and humans Here, she seems to take a step away from scientific inquiry and into the realm of the metaphysical Her data for these phenomena is not laboratory observation, but personal visions, most facilitated by the ingestion of plant hallucinogens, and wisdom imparted to her by traditional healers For example, Gagliano describes a communication with some of her botanical subjects By prioritizing cues that supported growth, the peas spoke of responsibility Responsibility is that which you are moving toward the plants have told me It is not a moral obligation but rather the actual movement that supports the expression of care This makes for very interesting reading, but it s not science a core characteristic of science is that it consists of observations and experiments that can be repeated by others And while traditional knowledge is not to be universally disparaged, nor should it be accepted uncritically True, many drugs, like quinine and aspirin, were used by traditional healers long before they were synthesized At the same time, many cultures burned widows alive on the funeral pyres of their deceased husbands, believing that they would accompany them to the next world.Perhaps Gagliano is truly on to something here Certainly the notion of a plant intelligence emerging from dozens or thousands of plants communicating, much like the intelligence of a termite mound or any hill, is worth considering Hobbes wrote of an intelligence emerging from all living things and spirits in the 17th Century, and there are some cognitive scientists and philosophers today who take this seriously But Gagliano s hypotheses require than the relating of personal mental events to rise to the level of science Perhaps this book should be read not as science, but as metaphor, and the dialogs as koans to get us thinking about our interrelationship with the living things around us.


  12. Virginia Easterday Virginia Easterday says:

    I just received the book yesterday and finished it last night I couldn t put it down A mesmerizing story from a credible scientist Her proof that plants are intelligent, have memories and can learn pulls the rug out from under our worldview And that is just what we need at this point in time It will save us and everything else Truly groundbreaking Astounding I can t say enough good about it Buy this book, read it, and talk about it to everyone you know.


  13. LB LB says:

    Many times we consider a person and wonder, How did they get to where there are What paths did they take What guided them What circumstances molded their position Dr Monica Gagliano is a pioneer in the cutting edge science of plant intelligence, cognition, and communication This book is the enchanting account of Monica s journey It s comprised of events of absolute bravery to pursue what, in her heart, she believed was her true path It is interlaced with groundbreaking scientific experiments in the capabilities of plant life, and touches on some of the challenges along the way It weaves together a very interesting fabric of vision and dream, science and reality, and time and place I must admit that when I picked this book up I was expecting something different, but was pleasantly surprised I thoroughly enjoyed it and I felt as if it were such an intimate, personal account for her that I could almost hear Monica reading it with me.