Could There Ever Be Sentient Plants?

Courtesy of Thoughts from a Vacuum Cleaner

Imagine my shock when, rather than moral indignation and outrage over the slightly controversial notion that plants have a right to life, the same way humans do, it was met with nary a sound. We’re living in a world that doesn’t even recognize the feelings of animals, so this was probably seen as a joke… being taken to its final, absurd and hilarious, conclusion. So what does this have to do with my space blog? Personally, I love the idea of living plants. It makes me want to re-read Day of the Triffids. It sends me searching for more science fiction, and real science, on the subject of the sentient plant. But anyway, just try to find time in the craziness of your week to imagine what sentient plants would behave like. Here. On an alien world. Let’s consider what sort of societies they might establish. Governments, rules, moralities. Ok… That’s your writing/thinking assignment for the week.

Michael Pollan: How Smart Are Plants? : The New Yorker.

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