Cool article.KathleenBrugger wrote:
Oooh I love that. I will be meditating on where the tree stops and the earth starts for some time! That makes me think of something I read earlier this year about plants. It was mostly about plants having intelligence and even consciousness, and included the idea that we need to stop thinking of trees as separate individuals, because the truth is trees in a forest are linked in an underground network: "trees in a forest organize themselves into far-flung networks, using the underground web of mycorrhizal fungi which connects their roots to exchange information and even goods. This 'wood-wide web,' as the title of one paper put it, allows scores of trees in a forest to convey warnings of insect attacks, and also to deliver carbon, nitrogen, and water to trees in need." The article is by Michael Pollan and is well worth the read (it's long).
I love this part:
Granted, I wouldn't call it human arrogance as much as human ignorance or the human limitations.It is only human arrogance, and the fact that the lives of plants unfold in what amounts to a much slower dimension of time, that keep us from appreciating their intelligence and consequent success.
I checked out the book that RachMiel posted and I think you'd like it. I'm adding it to my list of books to read. Perhaps a bit too scientific for me, but I'm going to give it a shot.
Edit: Actually, after reading some more reviews on the book, it doesn't seem like a book I'd be interested in....sounds a bit too materialistic. Can't hurt to give it a shot though.