A Guest Blog from Clint Hyer
A few nights ago, I watched a PBS show “What Do Plants Talk About” http://video.pbs.org/video/2338524490/ which showed how how plants, with no separate brains, can respond to, and react with, their environments.
We are all aware that plants can respond to the sunlight – both by turning towards the sun and by closing up at night. We also know that plant seeds respond to the temperature of the soil in “deciding” when to come up in the spring time. There are also “short day” plants such as Poinsettia and Cherry Trees which require periods of long nights in order to bloom. (Cherry trees will never blossom very much south of the latitude of Washington DC). The PBS show showed that some parasitic plants can “select” certain plants that they will grow on and that the selection is based upon the odor (respiration byproducts) the plants produce.
What came to mind is the “Consciousness inner face” (p.58) that Teilhard discusses in The Phenomenon Of Man. One of the controversial concepts is the all matter has Consciousness but it is more granular at the earlier stages of evolution. Continue reading “Teilhard’s Inner Face of Consciousness” »