If you haven’t yet, please familiarize yourself with the earlier posts in this series so you’re reading this within the context it was intended. :)
I was 18 or so when I first saw this episode of “In Search Of”. You’ll find it below in three parts. Please take the time to watch it – discussion will follow below. (I love me a little Leonard Nimoy. Don’t you?)
From Wikipedia: “In the scientific community as a whole, paranormal biocommunication has been subjected to much criticism, and is largely regarded as a pseudoscience… Many skeptics of the theory also state that, since plants lack nervous or sensory systems, they are not capable of having feelings, or perceiving human emotions or intentions, which would require a complex nervous system. The primary emotional center in the animal brain is believed to be the limbic system which is absent in plants, just like the rest of the nervous system.”
In the last post of this series, we discussed emotion and the human limbic system.
Plants don’t have a limbic system. So how could they possibly experience emotion or communicate, even at a base level, with one another?
Well, here we are back at Wikipedia. Let’s have a look.
“While plants can communicate through chemical signals, and certainly have complex responses to stimuli, the belief that they possess advanced affective or cognitive abilities receives only recent support.”
Cognitive? Emotions aren’t cognitive so I’m unconcerned about that at the moment. But look back at what’s being said here. “...plants communicate through chemical signals…”
Ah-ha! There’s the piece of interest. “Chemical signals”. If you’ll remember back to my last post, we determined that, in humans, intuitive emotions are thought to originate from the amygdala, part of the limbic system, which controls hormones. Hormones are chemicals.
“A hormone is a chemical released by one or more cells that affects cells in other parts of the organism.”
Plants don’t have a limbic system, yet they “communicate through chemical signals”.
Huh. So just because something doesn’t have the same delivery system and receptors that we do, does that mean that the chemicals themselves don’t serve the same functions or have similar effects?
“You can’t possibly have a genuine precognitive or telepathic experience, and plants can’t FEEL, ” says science, “because we don’t understand how that’s possible.”
So what if you can’t empirically define the delivery system or receptor YET? You don’t know what’s being sent, or how it’s being received. Just because scientists can’t pinpoint the delivery system or the “organ”/receptor responsible for this particular perception, does that mean that it isn’t occurring?
Ignorance of cause does not preclude effect.
That’s mine and you can quote me on that. *grin*
Let’s move on.
Check out this gem: “Different sensory nerves respond to different forms of energy – light, chemicals, vibration (mechanical), etc. Certain sensory organs have evolved for these nerves to better respond to the sources of energy.”
Energy, huh? Did they just define a chemical as “energy”?
What is energy, exactly?
“In physics, energy is a scalar physical quantity that describes the amount of work that can be performed by a force, an attribute of objects and systems that is subject to a conservation law.”
Energy is pretty interesting stuff. “Any form of energy can be transformed into another form, but the total energy always remains the same.”
This is one of the first things you learn in physics. Energy does not dissipate. It only changes form.
What else can these very energetic chemicals do? Are the effects of chemicals bound by the confines of the physical body? Or do chemicals – EMOTIONS – ENERGY – have the ability to transcend the physical?
Hey… let’s go back for a moment to our limbic system. We’ve already learned that thoughts release chemicals! Does that mean they release energy? Think about something that makes you sad, angry, happy… horny. *grin* You’ll react physically (get your mind out of the gutter and pay attention!). Your thoughts release HORMONES. Chemicals. Energy. Hormones create intense emotions, which can create intense physical reactions.
In you. Yes. But in others, perhaps, as well, because energy DOES NOT DISSIPATE. It only CHANGES FORM.
Thoughts -> Chemicals -> Emotions -> Physical reactions -> ?????????
I will say it now, because I think NOW it will make sense.
EMOTION IS THE CONDUIT FOR TELEPATHY.
Emotions are chemicals. Chemicals are energy.
It is the delivery system. It is the way to access energy that can be broadcast over distance.
And somewhere, deep inside our brains, there is a little spot we haven’t discovered yet, probably near or within the amygdala, which is the RECEPTOR of that energy.
NVCODE: Non Verbal Communication Over Distance via Emotion
Because there appears to be something that happens within the human body, when we FEEL, that creates a signal that is PERCEIVABLE by others. Not when we simply think… when we FEEL. Can we PROVE it scientifically? No. Not yet. But remember… Ignorance of cause does not preclude effect.
The word telepathy is synonymous with “thought transference” and that’s why I dislike it (aside from the usual New-Agey, ooga-booga, pseudo-science connotations). It isn’t that simple. Most studies that are done on telepathy – if not all of them – focus on the idea of transferring a THOUGHT or PICTURE from a sender to a recipient. The studies are conducted in an emotionally sterile environment. You stare at a little black and blue card with a shape on it and try to send the “picture” in your mind.
WHERE IS THE EMOTION IN ANY OF THAT? How can you possibly feel anything – and therefore transmit anything pertinent – about a little black star on a little blue card?
Interesting… from Wikipedia on telepathy: “Unlike paranormal abilities such as precognition, there are very few accounts of telepathy recorded by any ancient cultures. Primitive and ancient cultures often relate instances of prophecy and precognition, but there is little record of individuals sending and receiving messages from mind to mind. Where the idea of telepathy does appear, it is generally in the form of “dream telepathy,” where communication occurs while individuals are in a dream state. The Greek philosopher Democritus postulated the first physical theory of dream telepathy, which stated that emotionally charged images could be projected by living beings, and transmitted to a dreamer through the dreamer’s pores.”
Dream state. When Warren is sleeping. Remember I said that… we’ll get to it later.
And the following? Well, this just takes the cake. Transference of energy, perhaps?
“In seeking a theory to explain telepathy, some parapsychologists have looked to aspects of quantum theory. Apparent parallels with telepathy exist in the quantum world; two quantum particles that bump into one another become ‘entangled,’ and afterwards retain a connection despite being a great distance apart. A change in one half of the entangled pair instantaneously effects a change in the other half. This quality, known as ‘non-locality,’ was dubbed ‘spooky action at a distance’ by Albert Einstein, who had difficulty accepting such a concept. If quantum particles can seemingly communicate to each other instantaneously, the question is raised, ‘why can’t humans also do so?’
Some physicists have pondered whether quantum mechanical effects would permit forms of communication, perhaps including telepathy. However, they expressed the view that, according to quantum theory, it may be possible to share raw awareness or emotion, but not to transfer data.“
Share your thoughts with me – I’ll be back with more soon. :)