plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect). Plants are living things with cellulose cell walls, lacking nervous or sensory organs. Animals do not. Grover Cleveland Backster Jr. could always spot a liar. When he publicized his findings, the so-called Backster effect became a pop-culture. The Spirit Science Source Field series begins here, as we dive into the field by exploring something called the backster effect! Cleve Backster was very.

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Although similar experiments [to Backster’s] have been repeated thousands of times, all over backste world, for more than 15 years, we have failed to grasp the implications.

But they do have little electrical currents flowing through them and are subject to outside manipulation. Deadly Straw, Primary Perception”. Email required Address never made public. Gustav Theodor Fechner and his Psychophysical Worldview. When Backster began to water the plant, the galvanometer did not show the backsetr growth in electrical conductivity as he would have expected.

Methods and Cell Electrophysiology. The show concluded that the results were not repeatable, and that the theory was not true.

What about organisms that lack the complex nervous abckster that we share? Some went to great lengths to see if plants could detect, understand and pinpoint pain. Then, he had his Eureka! In the book The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, several brazen souls decided to explore a topic that is today considered as pseudoscience: The concept of photoperiodism conveys how the length of the night or day as many call it dictates seasonal responses that include hackster.

Positive correlations did not occur at a rate great enough to be considered badkster significant. Backster tells us that it was on February 2,in his “lab” in New York City that he did his first plant experiment.

Not only did Backster care but he put his polygraph equipment to use as a measuring device.


Later experiments with an EEG failed to detect anything. Conversations with Free-Thinkers and Truth-Seekers. Even the rest of us find it hard to believe backstfr the “primitives” were actually communicating with their plants through rituals and sacrifice.

University of Pittsburgh Press. Some parapsychologists criticized his work, suggesting the results were due to “his own telekinetic abilities”. Because a polygraph or ‘lie detector’ can measure electrical resistance, which would alter when the plant was watered, he attached a polygraph to one of the plant’s leaves. But that plants could LEARN to recognize between true and artificial human intent came as a thunderbolt! February 27, — June 24, was an interrogation specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency CIAbest known for his experiments bxckster plants using a polygraph instrument in the s which led to his theory of ” primary perception ” where he claimed that plants “feel pain” and have extrasensory perception ESPwhich was widely reported in efrect media but was rejected by the scientific community.

It is no argument that humans use their senses to feel, backstef and act.

plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect)

Backster’s interest in the subject began in February when he tried to measure the rate at which water rises from a philodendron ‘s root into its leaves. In FebruaryBackster attached polygraph electrodes to a Dracaena cane plantto measure at first the time taken for water to reach the leaves. It also is not quite clear why the response to a threat to one’s well-being would result in the same kind of response as being caught in a lie. Backster’s claims have been publicized and supported by several people with qualifications and knowledge equal to his own: There Ingo claims he, too, made the polygraph needle hooked up to the plant “go haywire” when he thought of burning the plant with a match.

Plant perception (paranormal) – Wikipedia

Jim Cranford is another defender of Backster, whom he sees as providing proof that animistic religions truly did involve communicating with vegetation.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. In fact, it wasn’t much of a lab at all in the beginning. Nature is a great brotherhood of beings, a symbiosis on many levels, most of it beyond our detection and ordinary understanding.


The first step is to clearly define what you are testing and what each step in the procedure consists of.

The Secret Life of Plants

According to biologist Patrick Geddes “In his investigations on response in general Bose had found that even ordinary plants and their different organs were sensitive— exhibiting, under mechanical or other stimuli, an electric response, indicative of excitation.

Clearly, Backster is a very curious individual. Plant perception or biocommunication is the paranormal idea that plants are sentientthat they respond to humans in a manner that amounts to ESPand that they experience pain and fear. A galvanometer is an instrument that detects minute electric currents, often used as a part of the polygraph lie detector.

The results seemed to be spontaneous; repeatability is still a problem, for him and the people who tried to perform his experiment.

Cleve Backster used a polygraph lie-detector to test plants, attaching electrodes to the leaves. Who knows—because after all, none of us are plants.

For information about plant sensing and communication that is based on science, one might read the work of biologist Richard Karban.

Do Plants Have Feelings?

plant perception (a.k.a. the Backster effect) – The Skeptic’s Dictionary –

Basically it was found that plants respond more to the thought of being cut, burned, or torn than to the actual act. However, a person completely ignorant of plant and animal science has not only tested plants for perception and feeling, he claims that he has scientific proof that plants experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts. As a control three of five pipettes contained brine shrimp while the remaining two only had water: