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Seeing Green: The Re-discovery of Plants and Nature’s Wisdom

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Author(s): Monica Gagliano

Journal: Societies
ISSN 2075-4698

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 147;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: plant blindness | coherence | cooperation | facilitation | competition | plant behavior | sensing

ABSTRACT
In this article, I endeavor to recount the odd history of how we have come to perceive plants like we do, and illustrate how plants themselves perceive and sense the world and, most importantly, what they can tell us about Nature. Through examples of the ingenious ways plants have evolved to thrive, I engage the idea that our modern society is afflicted by a severe disorder known as plant blindness, a pervasive condition inherited from our forefather Aristotle and accountable for the current state of vegetal disregard and hence environmental dilapidation. I propose that the solution to this state of affairs rests in a radical change of perspective, one that brings the prevailing, yet defective, Aristotelian paradigm together with its expectations on how Nature should behave to an end. Enacted, such change releases us into a new experience of reality, where the coherent nature of Nature is revealed.
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