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Years ago I read The Secret Life of Plants, by Bird and Tompkins.   It’s turned out to be a sort of cult classic, though scientific types dismiss it because the experiments weren’t repeated.

I get it–you have to duplicate results in order to say something’s for sure, you guys! On the other hand, if a houseplant really, really digs Ravi Shankar after just one listen, that’s good enough for me.  But I have no standards.

According to the authors, electrodes attached to houseplants revealed that the plants produced surges and decreases in energy that matched the emotional state of their humans.  Their initial discovery came by accident, when one of the authors noticed a plant produced a surge of energy at the moment its person yawned.

Exploring further, the authors discovered that houseplants’ energies matched their people’s, even when the humans weren’t physically present.   The plants responded to their person’s surges of energy and heightened awareness associated with a romantic weekend getaway.  They also reacted to his adrenaline and emotional distress at the scene of an accident.

Careful recording of dates and times showed that the plants responded to the individual events at the time of their occurrence.

The book is loaded with interesting anecdotes, one being a music experiment.   Plants subjected to rock music for a number of days strained away from the speakers and showed a decrease in their overall health.  They responded positively to classical music and jazz, growing toward the speakers and showing measurable increases in the speed and quality of their growth.

Their “favorite” music was performed by Ravi Shankar, modern master of the Indian sitar.  Not only did they lean toward the stereo speakers, but eventually reached and wrapped around them in an effort to get closer to the source.











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