The Secret Life Of Plants

Nature's Secret's, a profound consciousness or awareness that bonds all things together. The Secret Life of Plants is a Book written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, Published in 1973. It is described as "A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man." Essentially, the subject of the book is the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant's conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. It delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science. It was the basis for this 1979 Documentary of the same name, with a soundtrack especially recorded by Stevie Wonder.

Backster's claims were refuted by Horowitz, Lewis, and Gasteiger (1975) and Kmetz (1977). Kmetz summarized the case against Backster in an article for the Skeptical Inquirer in 1978. Backster had not used proper controls in doing his study. When controls were used, no detection of plant reaction to thoughts or threats could be found. These researchers found that the cause of the polygraph contours could have been due to a number of factors, including static electricity, movement in the room, changes in humidity, etc.

Can anyone find this article for the Skeptical Inquirer in 1978?

Detection of some plant reaction to thoughts or threats INDIRECTLY connected might be unlikely, but maybe possible from Our Electric Field with Quantum Theory.

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