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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He bsckster have known that moisture or humidity changes would affect the GSR readings. The plant showed a fear response on the lie detector as soon as he had this thought. Nevertheless, Backster has become the darling of several occultparapsychological and pseudoscientific notions.

Bose invented various devices and instruments to measure electrical responses in plants. After isolating the plant, the polygraph showed a response slightly less than one third of the time.

He learned that when he released his breath slowly there was virtually no response from the plant. In this study, bean plants were set up in close proximity to each other and when aphids attacked one bean plant, nearby plants picked up this system of warnings and then produced plant defenses, chemicals like methyl salicylate that act to repel the herbivores and to attract the predators of aphids.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here But I could try. I doubt backxter he threatened his human subjects. His research journey started with the almost accidental rediscovery that plants are sentient and respond to the spontaneous emotions and strongly expressed intentions of relevant humans.

He says he believed that the plant was trying “to show me people-like reactions. They would tell a third party which runs indicated pretending and which runs indicated intending.

Slayman who investigated Backster’s claims wrote:.

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

A Field Guide to the Senses. Further investigation has shown that the original observations probably arose from defective measuring procedures. The Other Side of the Leaf. The chapter which made the biggest impression on me described a retired policeman in New York City, Cleve Backster, who trained people how to use lie detectors.


Another supporter and expositor of Backster’s work is Robert B. 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. Defenders of the polygraph think that galvanic skin responses are related to anxiety, and therefore to truthfulness.

Plant perception (paranormal) – Wikipedia

Paranormal and Transcendental Experience: Notice how they echo the claim that Backster’s experiment has been duplicated many times by many different people. What a Plant Knows: Backster also observed a reaction in a plant when even the smallest cells were killed near it. We egfect refuse to believe that there could be any “intelligence” around here but us, while we live in a world smarter than us at every turn.

A knowledgeable scientist would never be taken in by such rudimentary reasoning and speculation. Although similar effct [to Backster’s] have been repeated thousands of times, all over the world, for more than 15 years, we have failed to grasp the implications. Electrophysiological Unresponsiveness to Brine Shrimp Killing. He could hardly believe it.

Cleve Backster – Wikipedia

The tests involved connecting plants to a polygraph galvanometer and employing actual and imagined harm upon the plants or upon others in the plants’ vicinity. 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: After effsct negative results, they performed a final experiment using an EEG instrument, which is more sensitive than a polygraph, connected it to a plant to bacmster whether it would “see” eggs being catapulted randomly into boiling water.

A Shepard cited in Alexander Volkov. An Examination of Primary Perception in Plants.

There you will read such things as “a flowering weed—mousear cress Arabidopsis thaliana —can sense the particular chewing noise of its most common caterpillar predator and adjust its chemical defenses in response. They might have consulted with some experts and set up an experiment with proper equipment.


Before he could reach for a match, the tracing pattern on the graph swept upwards as if in response to the thought of threat. One may as well speak of bacteria or viruses as having brains and nervous systems. Backster explained that they did not follow the exact laboratory techniques which he had used to perform the original experiments and he has not attempted to repeat them himself.

Backster tells us that it was on February 2,in his “lab” in New York City that he did his first plant experiment. That’s pride and arrogance at its worst, but not so unusual in the laboratory.

Backster’s experiments have been duplicated thousands of times by many persons using many variations wffect have been well publicized on TV and in many books Walt Woods, map dowser and author of the page booklet Letter to Robin: Grover Cleveland “Cleve” Backster Jr. The notion that plants are capable of feeling emotions was first recorded inwhen Gustav Fechnera German experimental psychologistsuggested that plants are capable of emotions and that one could promote healthy growth with talk, attention, attitude, and affection.

The Secret Life of Plants

But they do have little electrical currents flowing through them and are subject to outside manipulation. FallTristan Wang. Plant Sensitivity and Sensation. Continuing to experiment, he discovered that the plants responded to his thoughts even when he was miles away. I am going to burn that plant leaf, that very leaf that’s attached to the polygraph.