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Are plants conscious?

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Views of ‘plant consciousness’ in the literature are classified on a scale ranging from descriptions of plant phenomena using consciousness as a metaphor, to explicit statements that plants are conscious beings. The idea of plant consciousness is far from new, but it has received a new impetus from recent claims by psychics to communicate with plants. The literature surveyed is widely scattered and very diverse, but it can teach us much about the views that various segments of society hold on plant consciousness.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Theoretical Production-ecology, Wageningen Agricultural University, PO Box 430, 6700 AK Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Publication date: March 1, 1997


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