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The fascinating intelligence of plants

The fascinating intelligence of plants

This is a documentary about the fascinating intelligence of plants. Only it works in a peculiar way, and that is why it has been so difficult for us to understand.

Because time-space is experienced by plants in a way diametrically opposite to ours. As Gagliano says: Plants do not move from A to B, but grow from A to B. And their brain is not above, in their leaves, but below, in their roots.

In forests, scientists have called the collective intelligence of trees the Wood Wide Web, or the "Internet of trees." Thanks to their roots, trees can communicate a lot of issues and exchange various information.

Under the earth is the place where plant species tend to concentrate their cognitive functions, activated thanks to the tiny hairs that each of their roots have. This, according to many scientists, is the neural universe of plants.

According to Gagliano, it is also because of the roots that plants can "hear" and remember. They have also been shown to have something similar to the nervous system: a system that generates fascinating light and works to communicate.

Much remains to be learned about the main functions and capabilities of wild intelligence. There is no doubt that to understand plants and any other species, we have to do an exercise in "decentralization". Stop thinking that intelligence only depends on the brain and, even more, stop thinking that intelligence can only be as we conceive it. Understanding the natural world depends, above all, on our imagination.

Video: Plant Intelligence - ICE Public Dialogue with Richard Powers, Monica Gagliano and Marcelo Gleiser (October 2020).