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Plants are more alive than we think

April 30, 2010

By Linda Parfenoviča

Some scientists says that plants respond to people`s thoughts, emotions and commands, and also to unformulated threats, such as the sudden appearance of a person, who did not treat them well.

The phenomena of plant`s secret lives is called “primary perception” or “Backster effect” and was discovered by Cleve Backster  (born 1924) who was a polygraph expert and former CIA lie detector specialist.

In 1966 he did an experiment with plants by connecting a polygraph machine to a Dracaena which gave an immediate response to what he was thinking.

In picture – Cleve Backster.
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When doing experiment, Backster wanted to test whether plants can really feel. He was thinking about burning a plant`s leaf, but then he saw that the polygraph recording pen started to move rapidly to the top of the chart, immediately after having this idea on his mind.

Backster wasn`t the first one, who assumed that plants gives a response. In 1900 an Indian scientist Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose started his researches on plants and came to similar conclusions. Now there is an institute of science and technology in Kolkata, India, what is called in Bose`s name.

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