While Indigenous cultures all over the globe viewed (and often still view) the entire natural world as imbued with consciousness, it’s only very recently that contemporary science has finally begun to question the dualist, Cartesian worldview that for the last few centuries has seen humans as our planet’s only conscious agents, radically separate from nature.
Cutting edge research is increasingly rediscovering what our ancestors understood, that the animal, vegetal and fungal realms are teeming with organisms making conscious decisions, responding intelligently to their surroundings. Leading figures in this burgeoning field are transforming the way science understands intelligence in nature, using modern science to help restore the kinship with the web of life we so desperately need if we are to have any hope of addressing the civilizational crisis we face.
Monica Gagliano – Plant Intelligence and the Importance of Imagination In Science
From ancient myths to modern blockbuster movies, humanity has recounted countless stories in which a seemingly inert vegetal world suddenly comes to life to express itself like a person. What if these stories were more than the fruit of vivid imaginations and were based on an underlying truth? Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia, has courageously illuminated the revolutionary new field of Plant Bioacoustics. She shares startling cutting-edge research and shows how contemporary science has finally begun lifting the veil of our assumptions by beginning to attune its ears to vegetal “voices.” She believes this new paradigm will expand our perspectives to provide us with imaginative new solutions to our current eco-cultural predicaments.
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO & Co-Founder.
This speech was given at the 2018 Bioneers Conference. Read the full text version.