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Nervous systems of plants?

Dharmadeva u961309 at student.canberra.edu.au
Thu Jan 25 01:10:30 EST 2001


Just dissect a plant and you will find no complex nervous system in it
comparable to human being.  Dissect a cockroach and there is no brain in it
compared to the human being.  Dissect a rat and a small brain, but not much.

The experiences of a human being come from mind translated through nervous
system and brain.  The more complex these are the larger they are and the
more the nerve cells and fibres.  It is what the zoology books will tell
you.  Accordingly, it is said that the size of a dinosaur brain is very
small even though it had a big body.  Again the complexity of life and the
ability to express intellect, feeling and intuition is much more in complex
metazoic structures than simple protazoic structures or very simple metazoic
structures.  The dinosaur was not a complex metazoic structure despite its
size.

There is nothing new in this.  It is a new age fad that people are thinking
that plants and animals behave and think to the capability of human beings.
Of courses, plants and animals use instinct and some higher animal forms can
have an ability to use intelligence and reason to a limited degree.  But
there is absolutely no proof that these are the same qualities of conscious
expression as a human being.  Nor is there the remotest chance that this can
be logically or rationally inferred from observation or study.

Clearly, plants and animals have some sensory structures and nerve fibres
(depending on their evolution) - but obviously clear also is that these are
nowhere near that of human capacity.  So clearly plants and animals require
care and have rights of some extent.  But lets not get carried away with
some fantasy notions that science has
suddenly discovered that the feelings of plants and animals are of human
characteristics.  They have some propensities no doubt, but not the
conscious awareness of a human being or the ability to express it in their
bodily structure







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