For years, researchers from the world over have studied the pros and cons of claims claiming that plant life have feelings, and that they feel pain when cut down.  I can only attest that whenever I grew tomato, bean, corn, and other small plants either inside my home or outside on the open-air patio, I always played low sounding symphony music.  To be sure it is an unusual practice but it does work as all my plants did very well. 

I first learned of this seemingly, almost mythical paranormal behavior years ago when I read a report that a scientist performed certain experiments on plants.  He played his radio and found that plants had a different reaction whenever he played rock and roll as compared to the soft sounds of an orchestra.  The healthier plants favored the soft sounds whereas the stunted plants agonized over the raucous sounds. 

He stated that the leaves on the plants consisted of photosynthesis cells, and as such, were capable of absorbing the nutrients from the sun which enables plants to grow.  Further, he claimed that the plants reacted in much the same way as any other living organism, be it fauna or animal life.  He claimed that by hours of study, whenever a plant suffered a cut, or even touched, it had reacted differently to the different procedures.  The scientist stated as much, that plants have an electrical phenomenon and as such are able to communicate via electrical impulses through airwaves.  This electrical transmission is enabled by using the photosynthesis that resides in the leaves.  There are countless other plants that do not have leaves therefore their photosynthesis resides elsewhere on the plant such as the trunk, or its limbs.

The carnivorous Venus Fly Trap is arguably the most fascinating plant in the world.  Its complex organism is unique in that it has tiny hairs inside of its clinching claws.  When the inside area is touched by anything such as a fly, or a twig, its tiny sensitive hairs quickly respond by snapping shut its jaws.  Once closed, the Fly Trap secretes digestive juices which over time dissolve the insect inside.  The plant then digests this material and the trap opens again, to allow the wind or rain to remove the dried-out insect exoskeleton.  In case of a twig or a leaf, the trap doors would open after a period of time and once again lock and load. 

One has to wonder that if a complex organism such as the Venus Fly Trap, that is capable of having senses that can detect its prey, and then secrete digestive juices in order to consume its catch, and then afterward have the ability to rid of the exoskeleton, it has to have the ability to understand the functions and timing in which all of this can take place.  Logic would dictate that the Venus Fly Trap has intelligence that we do not or cannot relate to.  With giant strides in our technology, perhaps in the near future the secret will reveal itself.


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