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Michael Pollan and the Intelligent Life of Plants

plant radionicsRemember the 1970s sensation The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird? Or Duncan Laurie’s radionics experiments with plants featured in our old TV series?

Fast forward to the present and food’s Renaissance Man, Michael Pollan takes another look at intelligent plants for The New Yorker. In this excerpt he describes what happened after the initial sensation of the Tomkins and Bird book and ex-CIA agent Cleve Backster’s polygraph experiments:

… In the ensuing years, several legitimate plant scientists tried to reproduce the “Backster effect” without success. Much of the science in “The Secret Life of Plants” has been discredited. But the book had made its mark on the culture. Americans began talking to their plants and playing Mozart for them, and no doubt many still do. This might seem harmless enough; there will probably always be a strain of romanticism running through our thinking about plants.

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DisinfoTV: Duncan Laurie’s Radionic Landscape

Early in our TV series at the turn of the Millennium we took a road trip to artist Duncan Laurie's glass-and-steel laboratory on the coast of Rhode Island, where he conducts experiments that test the limits of human perception. Watch as he demonstrates plant communication and the astonishing, outlawed science of radionics. Taken from DisinfoTV on DVD, available now. Subscribe to Disinformation's YouTube channel.
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