pmdlandarch at xearthlink.net
Tue Nov 30 10:42:07 EST 1999
We have the "right" to make assumptions about other organisms on the basis
of our existential superiority. I will continue to do so until I see
Helianthus organized in rows and carrying placards demanding their rights.
If animals weren't intended to be eaten, then why are they made of meat?
Pixie wrote in message <3843C56E.851 at access.mountain.net>...
>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
>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:
>> 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
>> >>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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