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Food for thought??

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:01 pm
by Lucas
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... eaten.html

"Researchers from the University of Missouri have found that plants hear, and react, to the sound of eating caterpillars but ignore the sound of wind."

Re: Food for thought??

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:53 pm
by Erik Danielsen
I like to think that laser beams are experienced by trees as a pleasant tickling sensation in the tops of their crowns.

Really, though, the developing field of plant cognition is definitely fascinating new territory. I mean, we're talking about long-lived organisms with highly complex dendritic networks processing environmental stimuli via electrical and chemical transmissions resulting in sometimes very sophisticated physiological responses. We don't know enough at present to even think about how to propose a hypothesis or design an experiment to test this quandry, but I do think that "do trees think, or perform some analogous function?" might be a question to take seriously sometime in the not too distant future. I'll admit, my bias would be yes- even if their process of "thought" looks a lot different from what we're used to considering.

Re: Food for thought??

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:56 am
by Joe
since we hardly know what a "mind" is- we can't say that plants don't have some sort of cognition

I bet that when it rains and then the sun comes out, they "feel" happy.

When I mark a stand for thinning, I ponder if the trees are aware of me and their fate. I feel like God as I determine which shall live and which shall go off to the sawmill or get chipped for a pellet or biomass facility.

but heck, stands often start off with thousands of trees per acre and if left to maturity might only be 50 per acre- so death will happen in the forest but I'll make the decisions, not the raw competition and luck of the draw....

when the thinning project is completed, the forest looks better- at least to me--- perhaps those trees that are left are now happier than they would have been- more room to grow- so the net effect is more "happy" trees... I'd like to think so...
Joe