I is for Interspecies Communication

There’s no doubt that different species communicate with each other. Plants are interacting via chemicals like isoprenes and other molecules, and their root systems are exchanging chemicals with various fungi in elaborate networking relationships inside the soil. If you begin to think of everything as networking, then everything is communication. The belief that plants can talk to us, by sensing and responding to human thought, which is basically saying that plants are conscious and telepathic, is another matter. But according to National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis, different social belief systems illicit alternative perceptions, and when living with Australian Aborigines they told him, “plants talk to us,” in which he explained that although it may sound like nonsense to our Descartian rationale mind because it doesn’t fit into our paradigm, when “you think about it, well, maybe it’s true.” Another person who has considered the possibility is polygraph expert Cleve Backster who has attached a plant to a lie-detector, burnt its leaves and watched the needle go ballistic, and more importantly, in experiments where a person merely thought about injuring the plant, Backster’s polygraph indicated the same frantic spikes. Although the argument against plant-human communication is based on the fact that plants don’t have complex nervous systems and therefore are incapable of feelings, recent studies indicate that plants do use neuronal-like networks for biocommunication. The signal transmission between living organisms could also simply be the ability to have empathetic relationships. This form of communication is evident by people such as Jane Goodall whose kinship led her to catalogue her study-primates with names such as Gigi, Flo and Frodo, and it’s what drove J. Butterfly Hill to climb 180 feet up an ancient redwood she named Luna to fight for the rights of trees. The Swiss Government has issued a Bill of Rights for Plants; psychoanalyst John Lilly believed he could speak with dolphins; and biologist Rupert Sheldrake has written a book titled, “Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home.” Living in a society that teaches it’s parrots to speak leads to the thought that if we could “talk with the animals—oh, what a lovely place the world would be.”

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