[Plant-education] Debate Over Plants Having Feelings

Janice M. Glime via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by jmglime from mtu.edu)
Wed Oct 31 19:04:10 EST 2007


Bill,
   A number of studies have suggested that plants have feelings, but all 
seem to have been flawed or misinterpreted.  Often these are school 
projects with no replicaton.  Plants do have electrical impulses in some 
cases, as for example, the Venus flytrap.  And plants may seemingly 
respond to people talking to them, but that might also be attributed to 
beneficial CO2 from human breathing.  If you tell us the arguments your 
colleagues use in support of their contention, we might be able to 
provide better arguments.
Janice Glime, Professor
Michigan Technological University

shawnvsmail from gmail.com wrote:
> I need help, I know this may sound ridiculous but here goes.
> 
> I am having a debate with coworkers.
> I say that plants do not have feelings but my coworkers say that they
> do.
> 
> I think this is ridiculous and I wish I had not got involved.
> 
> I explained that it is impossible for plants to have feelings like
> people because they do not have a nervous system and brain and that
> plants are living organisms which react to different stimuli and
> chemical processes such as Photosynthesis.
> 
> But this did not register with them so I made no headway.
> 
> I need Biologists and Botanists give me some information concerning
> this matter so that I can put some real credibility to this issue.
> 
> Cordially
> 
> Bill Vereen
> 
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