Why Tree Hugging is Far From Weird
Where is modern science on our relationship with Nature? In his book, Plant Sensing and Communication, Professor of Entomology at The University of California Richard Karban states that science is only now beginning to invest more energy into fully understanding our natural environment beyond cataloging, something that traditional and indigenous groups had much greater understanding. His research found that plants sense, communicate, and show sophisticated conditional behaviors that science is only just starting to appreciate. He explains that plants and animals have very different sensory abilities and means of communication. While plants lack central nervous systems, they perceive many of same cues as animals, sometimes with greater acuity. They store and process information, focus attention, and respond in ways that increase their adaptability for survival.
“If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“The Western scientific community, and actually all of us, are in a difficult spot, because in order to maintain our current mode of being, we must ignore a tremendous amount of information.” - Cleve Backster