Why do scientists bother in their dissertation that plants are not conscious?
The argument 'Does plants have a sense of consciousness?' However, in 2006, a new academic field related to 'Consciousness of plants', ' Plant Neurobiology ' (Plant Neurobiology) appeared in biology, and 'Plants with consciousness' has been in full swing. Under such circumstances, a dissertation dissertation has been published by a group that has no awareness of plants.
Plants Neither Possess nor Require Consciousness: Trends in Plants Science
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Plants don't think, they grow: The case against plant awareness
The research was presented by a group of biologists led by Professor Lincoln Tates , who is also an author of ' Plant Physiology and Embryology ', which may also be used as a textbook for the university. It is entitled the dissertation published ' Plants are not conscious and need not have ( Plants Never Possess nor Require Consciousness ) ' and its contents are 'arguments' against 'plant neuroscience'.
The main opinion of plant neuroscientists is that 'plants are thinking because there is a similarity between the electrical signal transmission function of plants and the nervous system of animals.'
Do plants have 'consciousness'? -GIGAZINE
Plants use electrical signals to sort charged molecules that permeate cell membranes using
However, the research group argues that the plant's electrical signal transmission function is not in communication with neighboring cells, and is not 'in communication with other cells.' 'Plant neurotransmission is a genetic program through natural selection, and comparing with the animal's brain ignores the amazing complexity that is the essence of brain function.'
Mammal Upon receiving the pain somatosensory and, to activate the large-scale network, such as the neocortex, amygdala, hypothalamus, the brain stem, causing the sensory and cognitive and emotional of various reactions. On the other hand, in the topic 'Does plants feel pain?', They are said to respond to stimuli such as stabbing or cutting plants, but this does not mean that they are feeling 'pain', The research group argues that the basic characteristics of living things are not related to consciousness.
In addition, experiment of 2014 research that learning that 'it is harmed even if dropped' will not close the leaf gradually when the prairie grass which has the property of closing the leaf against the stimulus is dropped many times from a low position In, the stimulus transmitted to the leaves by shaking is much stronger than the impact of the fall, so it is pointed out that there is a problem with the experimental method to claim that 'Ojigiso learns from the fall'.
'Plants and animals have developed very different survival strategies. The brain is a very expensive organ, and having an animal-like nervous system has no advantage for plants,' said Tates. He pointed out to the plant neuroscience that 'too many problems remain unresolved to be dealt with publicly.'