Tuesday, November 02, 2010
When you Don't Believe In God...
Plants, scientists say, transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to our own nervous systems.There is a bit of anthropomorphism going on here...NO, make that a lot.
These "electro-chemical signals" are carried by cells that act as "nerves" of the plants.
In their experiment, the scientists showed that light shone on to one leaf caused the whole plant to respond.
And the response, which took the form of light-induced chemical reactions in the leaves, continued in the dark.
This showed, they said, that the plant "remembered" the information encoded in light.
Are these animals actually talking? Of course not, there is no cognition with regards to the sounds they make, there is only entertaining coincidence combined perhaps in some instances with some respondent conditioning. In our pets its kind of cute.
And many people have taken it a step too far - now our pets have "rights." Somehow, rather than focus on our responsibility to be humane, its about the dumb animal. SO, we are going to go down this road with plants as well? And precisely what are we going to eat?
Ents are very cool fiction, fun fantasy, but we have got to knock off confusing the language so that we cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Of course, if you do not believe there is any more to being human and a complex set of biochemical reactions, you;re gonna make durn fool mistakes like this.