How Conscious are Plants? New Research Suggests They May Be More Aware Than We Thought

For decades, plants have been considered relatively low on the evolutionary scale. However, research into plant consciousness since the turn of the new millennium finds that plants may be more aware than we thought. This research suggests that plants have highly developed neural systems that can make and utilize neurotransmitters in the same way as humans. This raises the question: just how conscious are plants?

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The findings of recent studies

Recent studies into the consciousness of plants since the turn of the new millennium have revealed astonishing results. Scientists have discovered that plants have neural systems that are highly developed—in some cases, as complex as those of humans. Furthermore, research has shown that plants produce and utilize the same neurotransmitters as humans do.

This discovery is particularly remarkable because plants lack a nervous system in the traditional sense—they have no brain, no spinal cord, and no neurons. Instead, they rely on a specialized kind of cell, called the phloem, to transmit information between their various organs.

These findings suggest that plants may be more aware than we thought. They appear to possess a conscious awareness and may even be capable of feeling pain and emotion. This could explain why some plants seem to respond to stimuli such as music or touch and why they seem to grow better when talked to or watered with love.

This is an incredibly exciting area of research and one that will continue to challenge our understanding of plants and our relationship with them.

What this means for our understanding of plants

This means plants can have more complex thought processes and cognitive abilities than we initially believed. They possess highly developed neural systems that allow them to make and utilize identical neurotransmitters. In some cases, their neural systems may even be more advanced than those of humans.

These findings suggest that plants are much more conscious than previously believed and are capable of understanding and responding to their environment in a manner that is more complex than previously thought. Plants may even be capable of feeling emotions and exhibiting complex behaviors, such as learning from experience. Furthermore, recent research suggests that plants may also be capable of forming social networks and communicating with one another, something that has only recently been observed in other species.

This new information revolutionizes our understanding of plants and demonstrates the complexity and sophistication of their consciousness. It also implies that plants are more sensitive and intelligent than previously believed and should be respected for their unique capabilities and sensibilities.

The implications of these findings

The implications of this research are far-reaching. For starters, it has significant implications for our understanding of how plants communicate. It suggests that plants may have a kind of nervous system that is similar to animals in many ways, which means they can use the same signals to send distress calls and warnings. Furthermore, it implies that plants may be capable of more complex forms of communication than we previously thought, such as sending out chemical messages or engaging in conversations with other plants.

On a deeper level, this research highlights the potential for plants to feel and experience conscious states. This could mean that plants may be capable of learning from their environment, adapting to changing conditions, and showing signs of distress when threatened.

Finally, these findings point to the possibility of a greater interconnection between plants and humans than previously believed. If plants have a developed nervous system and can experience conscious states, this raises interesting questions about how we interact with them and what responsibilities we have to protect them.–MM

References:

http://www.esalq.usp.br/lepse/imgs/conteudo_thumb/Plant-Consciousness—The-Fascinating-Evidence-Showing-Plants-Have-Human-Level-Intelligence–Feelings–Pain-and-More.pdf

https://iai.tv/articles/consciousness-may-not-require-a-brain-auid-2330?fbclid=IwAR27xBsZRRWcu2VeNkJtXosQMpUGNmBWZhPV45q0p3zCAGAqYhUyOGEu7_w

https://www.science.org/content/article/plants-communicate-distress-using-their-own-kind-nervous-system?cookieSet=1#:~:text=Plants%20may%20lack%20brains%2C%20but,the%20same%20signals%20as%20animals

Michele Mitchell Blog Writer for Ubuntu Village

Hi, I am Michele Mitchell, also known as Neftalia2017. I am the President and Founder of Ubuntu Village and the author of this blog post. I have been writing for ten years as a pastime.

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