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Good Science, Bad Headline

So according to a BBC news report, Plants ‘can think and remember’.

The science reported in the article is fascinating, but I believe an argument can be made that plants are not actually “thinking”, at least in the sense that we thinking humans understand the term. Humans love to anthropomorphise things.

Imagine the slippery slope that lawyers might run amok with if they could argue in courts that plants can ‘think and remeber’, and therefore are entitled to be treated as other “thinking” organisms.

Oh what a crazy(er) world it would be!

2 comments to Good Science, Bad Headline

  • wfr

    I always thought that chopping down spruce trees in December was a cruel religious practice. Now I’m sure it is.

  • Jim Shaver

    Reminds me of a Deep Thought by Jack Handy, which goes something like this:

    If trees could scream, would we be so quick to cut them down?

    We might, especially if they screamed all the time, for no reason.

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