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Sorry gardeners, plants aren’t conscious

A few botanists have been pushing the idea that plants have feelings, intentions, and even consciousness because of their ability to react to their environments, like curling their leaves when touched or trapping their prey. But other researchers are now pushing back, declaring hocus pocus on the “plant consciousness” claim, The Guardian reports. Reporting in Trends in Plant Science, the group says the idea fails to consider the complex brain and nervous system needed for working consciousness. The researchers say they sympathize with the idea of making people care more about plants, but that the science isn’t solid.

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