Can Plants Think? [3:47]


A question you probably haven’t ever asked yourself.  Plants don’t have brains or nervous systems, of course, but many plants have very surprising behaviors.  This video discusses the variety of ways that plants communicate with other plants, even different species; trade resources and cooperate with other plants; can hear and respond to themselves being eaten; and can even learn over time and keep memories.

Discussion Questions

  • Do these behaviors mean that plants are thinking?
  • Is our own thinking different than this kind of plant thinking?  Or is it just a bit more complex?
  • Does this have any implications for vegetarianism?

Keywords: nature, brains, behavior, ecology, environmentalism, philosophy, evolution


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