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The Secret Life of Plants (1973)

by Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird

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The world of plants and its relation to mankind as revealed by the latest scientific discoveries. "Plenty of hard facts and astounding scientific and practical lore."--Newsweek
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While there is some good information in this book, for the most part this book gives plant people a bad name. Yes, plants communicate, but why harm plants while studying this?

If you love plants, this book will likely make you cringe hearing about the cruel scientific experiments on plants. And if you don't love plants, this book may make you think that all of us who love plants are a bit crazy. ( )
  SonoranDreamer | Apr 18, 2021 |
This influential book was a New York Times best seller for a long time.
  FriendsoftheTrees | Feb 12, 2021 |
"Once in a while you find a book that stuns you." You can say that again. "Once in a while you find a book that stuns you." ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Fantastic book, scientifically based. After you read this book, you will never look at life in the same way again. ( )
  Nanzrose | Jun 9, 2017 |
Thought provoking and eye-opening. There is a lot more to plants than most people think. Wonderful organisms plants are. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Short of Aphrodite, there is nothing lovelier on this planet than a flower, nor more essential than a plant.
The dust-grimed window of the office building facing New York's Times Square reflected, as through a looking glass, an extraordinary corner of Wonderland.
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Praat eens tegen, uw planten, dat hebben ze graag
Talloos zijn de verhalen van mensen die vertellen dut ze tegen hun planten praten en dat deze daardoor bcrcr zouden groeien. Recent wetenschappelijk onderzoek heeft bewezen dat goede en vriendelijke gedachten inderdaad een gr oei bevorderend effect hebben. De Amerikaan Cteve Backster heef l aangetoond dat planten m staat rijn om met de mens te communiceren. Bovendien reageren /e beter op klassieke muziek dan op rockmuziek. pit boek geeft opmerkelijke informatie over planten als leugen-
..detectors en als ecologische bewakers v,m ons milieu. Het bevat een uitgebreid register waaruit « te weten kimt komen
.wat de oorsprong is van het elektromagnetisme, wat aura's 7Ïjn of wat tic gevolgen /ijn van het gebruik van kunstmest. Het verborgen leven van de plant is /onder meer een standaard-
werk over het gevoelsleven van de plant.
Enkele verbazingwekkende gebeurtenissen uit liet verborgen leven van de plant
Een ingenieur /ontl gedachten impulsen uil naar zijn philodendron. Waardoor startte de plant een auio die vier kilometer verderop stond.
Een chemicus was zeer gehecht aan zijn kamerplanten, Dc/.e reageerden opgewonden toen hij 13» kilometer van hen vandaan, de liefde bedreef met zijn vriendin.
F.cn student kreeg opdracht een plant; te 'vermoorden'. Ken tweede plant die getuige was van het drama, was in staat de moordenaar aan te wijzen.
  • Plants are the only living creatures able to produce their own food
  • Grasses are the greatest single source of wealth on earth
  • All flesh is grass - even coal and petroleum are plant life on the past
  • Recent experiments in communication with plants indicate, as Paracelsus and Mesmer foretold, that all living things - man, plants, earth, planets and stars - are interconnected: what affects one affects them all.

This book explores the world of plants and their relation mankind as revealed by the latest discoveries of scientists of many disciplines. It includes remarkable information about plants as lie detectors and plants as ecological sentinels; it describes their ability to adapt to human wishes, their response to music, their curative powers, and their ability to communicate with man. It analyzes experiments and theories from the past, many of them ignored or ridiculed, and it makes the startling suggestion that the most far-reaching revolution of the twentieth century -one that may save or destroy the planet - may come from the bottom of your garden.
Plants have been generally considered insentient, emotionless, and as incapable of communication as rock. Only rare spirits have sensed that plants can suffer, welcome attention, even desire to devote their lives to the well-being of mankind.
IN The Secret Life of Plants scientists attuned to what lives and grows reveal a whole new world of wonder in which plants appear to have emotions similar to ours, communicate with each other by wavelengths of their fragrance and the color of their petals, and are connected with humans by means of some mysterious but instantaneous extrasensory perception.
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