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Secret Life of Plants epub ebook

by Peter Tompkins

Secret Life of Plants epub ebook

Author: Peter Tompkins
Language: English
Publisher: Avon (November 1974)
ISBN: 0380000881
ISBN13: 978-0140039306
Rating: 4.6
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The Secret Life of Plants (1973) is a book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book documents controversial experiments that claim to reveal unusual phenomena regarding plants such as plant sentience, discovered through experimentation

The Secret Life of Plants (1973) is a book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book documents controversial experiments that claim to reveal unusual phenomena regarding plants such as plant sentience, discovered through experimentation. It goes on to discuss philosophies and progressive farming methods based on these findings. The book was heavily criticized by scientists for promoting pseudoscientific claims.

I truly loved it, as it explains a beautiful and secret world of plants

No, they don't have a brain like us. Duh. But there is definitely some type of "consciousness" that is present in plants, and reading the interesting studies that were done and the results was mindblowingly cool. 12 people found this helpful. I truly loved it, as it explains a beautiful and secret world of plants. It was like it was knowledge I had as a child which was restored to me. I lent the book to a doctor friend of mine, who was rather practical in his outlook.

Published in 1973, The Secret Life of Plants was written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. That said, this book is about much more than just plants; it delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, pism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science. It was the basis for the 1979 documentary of the same name, with a soundtrack especially recorded by Stevie Wonder.

The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins (31-Mar-1989) Paperback. No, they don't have a brain like us. Secrets of the Soil : New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet.

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Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

Автор: Tompkins, Peter Название: Secret Life of Plants, The Издательство: HarperCollins USA . In this wise, immensely readable book, Ptolemy Tompkins embarks on a quest for the answer-taking us on a top-speed tour of the history of the animal soul.

In this wise, immensely readable book, Ptolemy Tompkins embarks on a quest for the answer-taking us on a top-speed tour of the history of the animal soul.

bristles with plenty of hard facts and astounding scientific and practical lore. S. K. Oberbeck, Newsweek. Despite the organization of the book, I felt that Tompkins brought the ideas full circle, solidified the fact that science abounds with theories, and instilled in me the idea that these theories often originate when an individual is intrigued by the world and doesn’t let dogma or convention kill his or her pursuit of meaning, of answers.

The world of plants and its relation to mankind as revealed by the latest scientific discoveries. "Plenty of hard facts and astounding scientific and practical lore."--Newsweek
Reviews (7)
Samardenob
This book changed my life. I found it absolutely fascinating and was stunned when my PhD supervisor (I'm a plant biologist) told me that she had read it too. I was interested to know where the amazing information came from that they present and was dissapointed, but not particularly surprised, that all the "science" that they refer to is published in journals with names like "The Russian Journal of Parapsychology" and the like. Not a single one was in a journal that I could easily get access to, so, while it is wonderful food for thought and a great hommage to the importance and wonder of plants, the evidence they present should be taken with a grain of salt unless you can find other research backing it up. But enjoy. It really is mind-boggling!

Cogelv
"Calcium (Ca) can come from potassium (K) with the interaction of hydrogen (H) according to the formula* 1H plus 19K equals 20Ca, or from magnesium with the interaction of oxygen in 12Mg plus 8O equals 20Ca."
("The Secret Life of Plants", NewYork:HarperCollins, 1973, p.285)

* My sincere apologies: imagine the numbers on the left as the atomic number on the lower left. I don't know how to assign it correctly in this review box).

Tompkins and Bird looked at the periodic table of the elements and properly transcribed the correct atomic nomenclature for each element. But then they confused chemical reactions with nuclear reactions in nonsensical equations that, however, seem perfectly reasonable to the vast majority of even college-educated nonscientists.
Their equations actually describe nuclear reactions that are impossible. But in any case, real nuclear reactions are carried out in nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors (and stars), not in plants. Their entire book is filled with pseudoscientific nonsense.
(Excerpt from "Challenging Nature" by Lee Silver, Paperback ed. 2007, p.229)

Sums it up pretty well. If you don't get the point, please take time to read essentials of chemistry, you won't regret it.
Instead I would like to recommend to you "The Private Life of Plants" by David Attenborough, which accompanied the BBC TV series of the same name.
I gobbled it up as a kid, and it sparked a passion for cultivating orchids and carnivorous plants for a while.

Agrainel
As a plant ecologist I thought I should give this book a fair shake. This is the most ridiculous book I have ever read! Don't bother reading it. If you want a real book about how plants really work read David Suzuki's Tree: A life story.

Prorahun
This book seemed pretty much like a fairytale, the reason it is not accepted by the scientific community is because these experiements are full of faults. For a theory to stand the test of time and be proven, it must be attacked from every angle. These people did basic experiments giving one simple answer; plants respond to a stimuli. They just throw out a solution as to what must have caused that stimuli and never found the real reason. Futher experimentation must be conducted from all angles if these ideas are to be accepted as fact. Please further your reading into chemistry/biology and physics to understand why or why not these theories are correct/incorrect.

Whitecaster
Okay, okay, I will admit reading this book, but only because I foolishly thought this book was about plant biology and scientific progress into plant habitat and their reaction to their environment and to other plant species. But what I got instead was a book that talks about ESP, mind-over-matter, Yoga, hynopsis, extra-terrestial plant seeds, and some very questionable scientific methodology of experiments. There is even a section of how to become "one with your houseplant"! Consequently, I felt as if the book's two authors are still stuck in the hippie, drug-culture of the 60s when they wrote this book. If you even believe an iota of this book, I recommend Carl Sagan's book The Demon-Haunted World. For your sanity, people, avoid this book like the bubonic plague.

allegro
Pseudo-science, fantasy, mysticism, fuzziness, all within a hard "OH NOS THE CLOSED-MINDED SCIENTIFIC ESTABLISHMENT IS TRYING TO QUIET THE TRUTH (and God forbid we should expose our fragile plants to controlled, repeatable, verifiable conditions) RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE" shell. I liked this book when I was sixteen, and preferred dreams over reality. Now, with slightly higher standards, I find this book worth little more than the cackles evoked on nearly every page.

Nikok
don't know what I was expecting, as this was a recommendation book, but certainly not this. shakes the very foundation of some physical interactions, we call laws, that appear to be more like guidelines. grandma used to say, put some crushed egg shells at the bottom of the hole when you plant, now I know why ... plants can actually convert the calcium into other elements, something my high school science teacher told us was impossible. go figure.

This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I sure do look at my plants differently now. The implications are astounding. If sending love to a plant leaf can keep it alive, then sending love and compassion to our own cells or to someone else in pain must work, too. Mind blowing. Well-written, too.

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