plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect). Plants are living things with cellulose cell walls, lacking nervous or sensory organs. Animals do not. Grover Cleveland Backster Jr. could always spot a liar. When he publicized his findings, the so-called Backster effect became a pop-culture. The Spirit Science Source Field series begins here, as we dive into the field by exploring something called the backster effect! Cleve Backster was very.

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Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Reproductive Strategies. Backster’s claims have been publicized and supported by several people with qualifications and knowledge equal to his own: Continuing to experiment, he discovered that the plants responded to his thoughts even when he was miles away.

Plant perception (paranormal)

Surly plants can use this information to react to the world, but the curiosity arises when one asks whether plants can organize themselves to do something more than just a slight movement to the sun, or the blooming of a flower. All of these senses are interesting bckster what of it?

I am going to burn that plant leaf, that very leaf that’s attached to the polygraph.

Until that moment, apparently, Backster had never suspected that the plants in his office were just like people and would respond similarly. Do Plants Have Feelings? The concept of photoperiodism conveys how the length of the night or day as many call it dictates backstdr responses that include flowering.


One day, Backster approached his Dracaena Massangeana with a lighted match and acted as if he were going to burn it.

Cleve Backster – Wikipedia

You are commenting using your WordPress. A brain and nervous system are necessary for sentience; plants don’t have brains or nervous systems. The third party would compare their claims with the secretary’s data.

Skeptical Inquirer 2 2: I n the seventies, a best-selling book called The Secret Life of Plants presented scientific research from around the world that explored plant intelligence. It also is not quite clear egfect the response to a threat to one’s well-being would result in the same kind of response as being caught in a lie. After doing a saturation watering of the plant, I thought, “Well gee whiz, I’ve got a lot of polygraph equipment around; let me hook the galvanic skin response section of the polygraph onto effecct leaf.

A Field Guide to the Senses.

Backwter words were never spoke. By recording electrical impulses he found the plants to be extremely sensitive to his thoughts, particularly thoughts that threatened their well-being. When controls were used, effext plant reactions to thoughts or threats were observed.

Notice, too, that like good storytellers these advocates embellish the tale with some interesting exaggerations. He was able to repeat the event several times and effeect he couldn’t get a response. It trains policemen to use the polygraph or “lie detector” test. What about organisms that lack the complex nervous system that we share? We simply refuse to believe that there could be any “intelligence” around here but us, while we live in a world smarter than us at every turn.


He said of these experiments: Backster’s work caught the attention of the Church of Scientology founder, Ron Hubbard.

plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect) – The Skeptic’s Dictionary –

The recent spate of popular literature on “plant consciousness” appears to have been triggered by “experiments” with a lie detector, subsequently reported and embellished in a book called The Secret Life of Plants. The vegetable kingdom is an essential layer of the living planet’s vitality or pranahelping to provide in its metabolism a breathing, intelligent organ that produces and regulates the atmosphere as well as transfers energy into the biosphere.

An Examination of Primary Perception in Plants. Hiroshi Motoyama for the study of “the human being as tridimensional. He could hardly believe it. Why hasn’t he been awarded his Nobel Prize?

He also claims that plants can read human minds. This investigation used a total of 60 brine shrimp deliveries to rffect water while Backster’s had used Why would the polygraph indicate this?