What we're reading...
At our house this week, we're reading Brilliant Green by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola. Neurobotany sounds like a complex subject, if it is a subject at all. Mancuso and Viola make it clear and accessible.
No, plants don't think like we do. They don't speak. They can't drive cars. They are not our kind of people. Perhaps we are put off by the realization that plants are more at home on the Earth than we are. They were here before us and will likely remain after we are gone. they survive and prosper where we struggle and languish. Plants maintain a permanent collective presence humans only aspire to. As Carl Sandburg put it, "I am the grass. I cover all."
Different as they are from us, plants do share intelligence that scientists are only beginning to understand. They communicate over long distances, and establish intimate and incredibly complex relationships. They sense and respond to the most subtle nuance in their environment. They are navigators and explorers.
Ultimately, their story is also our story. Read this book.