He is the former director of the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California and was a polygraph instructor before his experiments on plants. It trains policemen to use the polygraph or "lie detector" test. His work was inspired by the research of physicist Jagadish Chandra Bose , who claimed to have discovered that playing certain kinds of music in the area where plants grew caused them to grow faster. From the analysis of the variation of the cell membrane potential of plants under different circumstances, he hypothesized that plants can "feel pain, understand affection etc" and wrote two books about it in and
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Share on twitter Twitter How far does consciousness extend? We recognize the sentience of humans and animals, but what if plants are conscious, too? According to research that began to emerge a few decades ago, plants may have emotions, and even be able to sense our thoughts. The scientific evidence that supports this possibility began in the most unlikely way.
Early one morning in February of , it was an average day on the job for Cleve Backster. Sitting alone, he decided on a whim to attach the galvanometer electrodes of the polygraph machine to a dracaena plant that was with him in the room. What happened next changed the course of his life forever. He watered the plant, and the graph moved in the same way as when a human is showing a surge of emotion. He began to formulate new ways to interact with the plant, thinking perhaps he should try to burn one of the leaves that had the electrode attached to it.
Before he was able to move this plan into action, the polygraph needle spiked upwards, as if the plant could sense even the thought of threat. His experiments, however, did not end there. He decided to test as many groups of living cells as possible. According to his research, eggs, yogurt, and freshly severed leaves, all showed an emotional response to stimuli. Even human cells taken from the mouth were shown to respond directly to the same condition that the person they were sampled from was experiencing; despite no longer being physically connected.
Different groups of scientists have tried to replicate these experiments, and have both failed and succeeded in attaining the same results as the original tests.
Backster claims that certain requirements need to be met in order for human consciousness to not interfere with the results of the experiment — a requirement for which certain scientists may not be able to understand exactly how to perform. Although his work on plant consciousness received mixed reviews of legitimacy within the scientific community, Backster is convinced of what he has witnessed.
He became so fascinated with his original discovery that he continued exploring to what extent consciousness filled every living thing for the rest of his life. The Backster Effect phenomenon may account for how one of the great mysteries of the Amazon came to be. This mixture of plant compounds allows shamans and average citizens to enter into a transcendental, and oftentimes healing, spiritual experience.
Could there be a greater potential for communication between humankind and the living beings surrounding us? As science continues to advance, we learn that even plants have a language, and that it is increasingly possible for us to decipher it.
Animals do not have cellulose cell walls but do have nervous or sensory organs. Animals are sentient; plants are not. That is, animals can experience pain, pleasure, and various emotions. Plants react to physical and chemical stimuli, but there is no justification for claiming that plants are aware of these reactions, that they are self-conscious or conscious beings.
plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect)
Share on twitter Twitter How far does consciousness extend? We recognize the sentience of humans and animals, but what if plants are conscious, too? According to research that began to emerge a few decades ago, plants may have emotions, and even be able to sense our thoughts. The scientific evidence that supports this possibility began in the most unlikely way. Early one morning in February of , it was an average day on the job for Cleve Backster. Sitting alone, he decided on a whim to attach the galvanometer electrodes of the polygraph machine to a dracaena plant that was with him in the room.
Plant perception (paranormal)
Truth or Lie? Are plants capable of emotions? Are they capable of extrasensory perception? Most of us assume that no, plants are unfeeling and certainly not psychic. One man disagreed.
The Backster Effect: Are Plants Conscious?
Written and illustrated by Vikki Zhang Front: In the s Cleve Backster, an interrogation specialist with the CIA, conducted research that led him to believe that plants can communicate with other lifeforms. White Rose Millennium Press. They all lived alone, and all want something big from this metropolis. She was such a gorgeous tomato, with smooth shinny skin of the most ardent red you can imagine in the world, and a luxuriant green crown of hair on top.