A reader writes:
Almost surprised you most hilarious photo of L. Ron Hubbard anywhere. Context here:
Hubbard's experiments soon came to the attention of Garden News, to which publication he revealed, gardener to gardener, his conviction that plants felt pain. He demonstrated by connecting an E-meter to a geranium with crocodile clips, tearing off its leaves and showing how the needle of the E-meter oscillated as he did so. The Garden News correspondent was enormously excited and wrote a story under the sensational headline 'PLANTS DO WORRY AND FEEL PAIN', describing Hubbard as a 'revolutionary horticultural scientist'.
It was not long before television and Fleet Street reporters were beating a path to Saint Hill Manor demanding to interview Hubbard about his novel theories. Always pleased to help the gentlemen of the press, he was memorably photographed looking compassionately at a tomato jabbed by probes attached to an E-meter – a picture that eventually found its way into Newsweek magazine, causing a good deal of harmless merriment at his expense. Alan Whicker, a well-known British television interviewer, did his best to make Hubbard look like a crank, but Hubbard contrived to come across as a rather likeable and confident personality. When Whicker moved in for the kill, sarcastically inquiring if rose pruning should be stopped lest it caused pain and anxiety, Hubbard neatly side-stopped the question and drew a parallel with an essential life-preserving medical operation on a human being. He might have whacky ideas, Whicker discovered, but he was certainly no fool.
In my view, plants do not have minds. They are not intelligent. That's not to say that they aren't absolutely amazing. I studied them professionally for 15 years (PhD Harvard 2002), and I used think seriously and publish on exactly the sort of things Alva Noë seems pre-occupied with. But "expressive of intelligence and mind?" How much more anthropomorphic can you get?
Another links to YouTube:
Reminds me of the research on plants' feelings and empathy by Cleve Baxster. Hell, Spock seems to agree.