Not everyone is favorable to the idea of plant intelligence or that plants are capable of complex decision making. Accepting that plants are intelligent and rational beings would mean rethinking our entire relationship with the plant world. This covers everything from food to landscaping. You think animal rights is a difficult issue! What happens when you understand that the tulips you cut from the ground and put in a vase are alive? And what about the salad on your plate?
If you follow the development of the branch of science called “Plant Neurobiology”, you know that its definition is still controversial. One of the best definitions of this emerging science is from Paco Calvo’s (MINT Lab, Universidad de Murcia) The Philosophy of Plant Neurobiology: a manifesto,
‘Plant neurobiology’ has emerged in recent years as a multidisciplinary endeavor carried out mainly by steady collaboration within the plant sciences. The field proposes a particular approach to the study of plant intelligence by putting forward an integrated view of plant signaling and adaptive behavior. Its objective is to account for the way plants perceive and act in a purposeful manner. But it is not only the plant sciences that constitute plant neurobiology. Resources from philosophy and cognitive science are central to such an interdisciplinary project, if plant neurobiology is to maintain its target well-focused.
Plants are not humans nor animals
Their systems are completely different. This means we can’t think about working with them in the same way as we do other beings. While it is clear that there is still a vast disconnect between humanity and nature, there is hope! Research into Plant Neurobiology and Plant Signaling and Communications is helping us understand the intelligence and awareness of the plant world. It clearly shows the wide-range of benefits they provide to humans. This is leading to immense growth in nature-based processes. techniques, and programs. Biomimicry, Japanese Forest Bathing, Biophilic Cities, Edible Gardens in Schools, The Living Building Challenge, and many more bring nature into the city and recognize plants as active co-creators.
In the middle of all this research and development is where you can find Tigrilla Gardenia!
Understanding the plant world requires a completely new way of thinking, and if there is something Tigrilla is good at, it is thinking outside the box.
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