Questions of Consciousness
Is the universe conscious? We have probably all seen plants grow towards light and know that a seed senses gravitational pull to know which way is up. You may have even have heard that plants like classical music. Botanists, farmers, and greenhouse growers have shown peanuts, rice, tobacco, tomatoes, soy and corn actually growing better when subjected to music. There does seem to be controversy about which style they like best, I'll leave that for you to research. Some scientists have shown that plants not only listen to music but also release sounds at frequencies that we cannot hear.
Neuroscientist Greg Gage is one of the researchers that has determined that plants release low and high electrical frequencies. They can use these frequencies for protection, communication, or feeding. For example the mimosa pudica closes its leaves when touched, the beach tree communicates with others to determine when to drop its seeds, and the venus fly trap closes its mouth only when it has felt a fly in there. Greg's work even showed a spike in EKG readings when the plants were being destroyed (or eaten). Other studies by Monica Gagliano show that even some small plants release toxins when they hear caterpillars munching leaves. Monica studies plant cognition in depth and focuses on how they learn, one of her studies showed pea plants growing towards wind after subjecting them to wind with light as the same time many times.
Is this consciousness? If it is, then animals surely have it too. Do fungi? Do bacteria? Does the universe? Dean Radin seems to think so as he practices telepathy and remote sensing. Dean has also written four books that include discussions of a conscious universe.
The world is so wonderfully intriguing!
"An attitude of tolerance, respect, and appreciation for diversity is clearly fundamental for human societies to flourish in coexistence with all others." -Monica Gagliano