Now I know a lot of people that read this post watches Mythbusters. If not, simply put, it’s a show that tries to prove or disprove different myths that originate through culture and speculative rumors. They have either a perfectly plausible experiment or they test incredibly ridiculous scenarios for the fun of it. In Season 2, Episode 5 in 2006, they conducted an experiment from the former kind. It was ridiculous, absurd and just downright laughable. But then something astonishing happened… They confirmed that Plant Perception was a real thing.
When I first saw this, I was baffled! Why wasn’t this in broadcast world-wide, front page of every newspaper or at the very least within the conversation mix at the water cooler at work the next day? It was an astonishing revelation and over seven years later, I’m still scratching my head. But what is Plant Perception?
Plant perception or biocommunication is the idea that plants are sentient, that they respond to humans in a manner that amounts to ESP and that they experience pain and fear.
Now we’ve all heard the myth, but-maybe-not-so-much-myth, that talking to your plants or playing nice music to a plant will aid in it’s growth and yield bigger fruit and more stronger roots. Well, apparently there is more science here than we think.
German scientist, Dr. Gustav Theodor Fechner believed that plants can actually feel emotion and drawing on this theory, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose (pictured above), decided to run experiments with plants in 1900 by connecting a special device to the plant which registered the vibration response to general shock. The tests concluded that not only do the plants have a sense of being harmed, but when receiving nurturing effects, the plants would respond in a calmer, seemingly intelligent vibration. WHAT!
Then the CIA got involved. Well, at least a guy from the CIA. Cleve Backster became interested in the phenomenon after attaching a polygraph to the plant (hoping to assist him in his work to measure the rate of water moving from root to leaf), and noticed the same pattern generally seen from emotional responses found from human subjects. After following this clue and conducting his own experiments, Backster eventually came to believe that animals and plants communicate subconsciously through emotional frequencies.
Pushing this strange research further, Dr. Harold E. Puthoff and Randall Fontes at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California, experimented with extra sensory perception (ESP) and the effects on plants. Through thoughts alone, they simply recreated ways to cause stress to the plant such as setting it in flames or ripping it apart just in their minds. Sure enough, the polygraph readout from the plant showed the same distress patterns as if the actual physical act was occurring. In other words, they psychically communicated with plants and the plants responded!
What does this mean?
Well, one could conclude that not only do plants respond in some way to physical harm, but they respond just as much from mental thought.
Now, consider the Double Slit Experiment. Is there a connection?
For further reading, see http://sonoma-dspace.calstate.edu/bitstream/handle/10211.1/1665/FontesR_Thesis.pdf?sequence=1