Plant intelligence reading list

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I haven’t had the time yet to organize this page as I’m preparing Super Human for publication. So, in rough draft, here’s some content on plant intelligence:

The work of Cleve Backster

Cleve Backster: The Secret Life of Plants

Plant solves murder?

“In one experiment designed to test plant memory, Backster found that a plant that had witnessed the murder (by stomping) of another plant could pick out the killer from a lineup of six suspects, registering a surge of electrical activity when the murderer was brought before it.” 1The New Yorker: The Intelligent Plant, December 2013

Ingo Swann comes around on plant intelligence

Ingo Swann is best known as the psychic who was instrumental in helping the U.S. government formulate and refine its Remote Viewing protocol in the psychic spying program often referred to as Project Stargate.

(INGO): I protested that I had no idea how to influence plants. But he smiled and said that all I had to do was TO THINK of harming it. “Just think of lighting a match with the intent of burning one of its leaves.”

So, I thought as much while staring at the plant. And Behold! The polygraph needle went haywire — so much so that the tracing went off the paper graph sheet.

Backster, typically cool as a cucumber, now seemed to get a little excited. “Can you do that again?”

So I tried again, and bingo by Ingo! He asked me to keep on doing it. But after a few more attempts the polygraph needle started not to react as much and finally didn’t at all.

“What does THAT mean,” I asked.”You tell me.”Then a very eerie thought occurred to me, so astonishing that it caused goosebumps.

“Do you mean,” I asked, “that it has LEARNED that I’m not serious about really burning its leaf? So that it now knows it need not be alarmed.”

Backster smiled. “YOU said it, I didn’t. Try another kind of harmful thought.”

So I thought of putting acid in the plant’s pot. Bingo! But the same “learning curve” soon repeated itself.

Now I already understood in my own “reality” that plants are sentient and telepathic, as all plant lovers know who talk to their plants.

But that plants could LEARN to recognize between true and artificial human intent came as a thunderbolt!

Among all this astonishment I came across the concept of the “learning curve” which ultimately was to play THE feature role in the development of remote viewing. 2Superpowers of the Human Biomind, Ingo Swann, Chapter 6 CLEVE BACKSTER – SEPTEMBER, 1971

Do plants respond to praise and/or bullying?

Beliefs in Plant Intelligence

“Tobacco is always offered before picking medicines. When you offer tobacco to a plant and explain why you are there, that plant will let all the plants in the area know why you are coming to pick them.”3Northern College: The Four Sacred Medicines

“When a shaman, for example, goes to take a plant in a forest, he asks the plant, ‘I will take you, I will use you to heal someone,’ because if he just says nothing, the plant has no effect. The plant has an effect when the shaman asks for that: ‘I am going to use you to heal my people.'” —Nixiwaka Yawanawa at TEDxHackney.

Further Reading

Organic Biofield Sensor, H. Puthoff and R. Fontes, Nove. 1975

Thus Spoke the Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with Plants, Monica Gagliano, PhD

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