Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary -- just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants.
In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. Combining a historical perspective with the latest in plant science, Mancuso argues that, due to cultural prejudices and human arrogance, we continue to underestimate plants. In fact, they process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another -- showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware. Through a survey of plant capabilities from sight and touch to communication, Mancuso challenges our notion of intelligence, presenting a vision of plant life that is more sophisticated than most imagine.
Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials -- but only if we understand more about how they live. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom.
Financial support for the translation of this book has been provided by SEPS: Segretariato Europeo Per Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.
"In this thought-provoking, handsomely illustrated book, Italian neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso considers the fundamental differences between plants and animals and challenges our assumptions about which is the ‘higher’ form of life.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating…full of optimism…this quick, accessible read will appeal to anyone with interest in how plants continue to surprise us.” —Library Journal

Do plants have intelligence? Do they have memory? Are they better problem solvers than people? The Revolutionary Genius of Plants—a fascinating, paradigm-shifting work that upends everything you thought you knew about plants—makes a compelling scientific case that these and other astonishing ideas are all true.

Plants make up eighty percent of the weight of all living things on earth, and yet it is easy to forget that these innocuous, beautiful organisms are responsible for not only the air that lets us survive, but for many of our modern comforts: our medicine, food supply, even our fossil fuels.

On the forefront of uncovering the essential truths about plants, world-renowned scientist Stefano Mancuso reveals the surprisingly sophisticated ability of plants to innovate, to remember, and to learn, offering us creative solutions to the most vexing technological and ecological problems that face us today. Despite not having brains or central nervous systems, plants perceive their surroundings with an even greater sensitivity than animals. They efficiently explore and react promptly to potentially damaging external events thanks to their cooperative, shared systems; without any central command centers, they are able to remember prior catastrophic events and to actively adapt to new ones.

Every page of The Revolutionary Genius of Plants bubbles over with Stefano Mancuso’s infectious love for plants and for the eye-opening research that makes it more and more clear how remarkable our fellow inhabitants on this planet really are. In his hands, complicated science is wonderfully accessible, and he has loaded the book with gorgeous photographs that make for an unforgettable reading experience. The Revolutionary Genius of Plants opens the doors to a new understanding of life on earth.
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★奧地利文化部、西班牙公共公園協會提名為年度最佳圖書


如果說「擁有智能」的意思,是擁有解決問題的能力,

那麼,植物解決問題的能力,肯定遠高過你我的理解與想像。


植物有智能嗎?他們能夠解決問題、相互(也對外部)溝通、對於周遭環境有一定的認知嗎?或者他們是被動的,無法有獨立的行為的呢?關於這個問題,哲學家跟科學家從古希臘時期就開始思索了,當時的人們,認為植物不會思考,是惰性的、沉默的,幾乎連動也不會動的存在,在整個生物的譜系中,就像是二等公民一樣的。然而,過去五十年,這樣的想法被推翻了,植物非凡的能力以及內在的複雜多變,讓人驚歎不已。


在《植物比你想的更聰明》中,司特凡諾.曼庫索這位植物神經學領域的頂尖科學家,提供了我們理解植物世界的全新視角。視野根據歷史觀點以及最新的科學研究,作者認為我們基於文化偏見與人類的傲慢,總是低估了植物的能力。


我們擁有五官,植物也有,只是他不像我們一樣集中在某個器官罷了。他們看得見,能夠感受到光,如果他們想要長得更快,他們自然會朝著向陽的地方,如果他們感受到威脅,也會縮在陰暗的地帶。他們聞得到味道,可以捕捉到揮發性有機物(VOCs)或是生物性揮發有機化合物(biogenic volatile organic compounds,一般認為這兩者是產生氣味的物質)。植物可以探測土壤,並找出他們需要的維生元素,就像動物找尋食物一樣。他們也能感受到觸覺(想想含羞草就知道了)。他們聽得到聲音,能夠依據音波的震動,來決定發芽和成長的程度。他們能夠處理資訊,記憶、睡覺,並且發送訊息給其他的存在,比我們以前所認知的,聰明的太多太多了。


而植物所擁有的頂尖智慧,有很多值得人類去學習。從網絡的建立,到新型機器人的發明,以及各種人造物質都包括在內。本書提供了植物學的最新資訊,也是一份簡潔有力的宣言,幫助人們對於植物世界有更多的理解。?



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“Fascinating…full of optimism…this quick, accessible read will appeal to anyone with interest in how plants continue to surprise us.” —Library Journal

Do plants have intelligence? Do they have memory? Are they better problem solvers than people? The Revolutionary Genius of Plants—a fascinating, paradigm-shifting work that upends everything you thought you knew about plants—makes a compelling scientific case that these and other astonishing ideas are all true.

Plants make up eighty percent of the weight of all living things on earth, and yet it is easy to forget that these innocuous, beautiful organisms are responsible for not only the air that lets us survive, but for many of our modern comforts: our medicine, food supply, even our fossil fuels.

On the forefront of uncovering the essential truths about plants, world-renowned scientist Stefano Mancuso reveals the surprisingly sophisticated ability of plants to innovate, to remember, and to learn, offering us creative solutions to the most vexing technological and ecological problems that face us today. Despite not having brains or central nervous systems, plants perceive their surroundings with an even greater sensitivity than animals. They efficiently explore and react promptly to potentially damaging external events thanks to their cooperative, shared systems; without any central command centers, they are able to remember prior catastrophic events and to actively adapt to new ones.

Every page of The Revolutionary Genius of Plants bubbles over with Stefano Mancuso’s infectious love for plants and for the eye-opening research that makes it more and more clear how remarkable our fellow inhabitants on this planet really are. In his hands, complicated science is wonderfully accessible, and he has loaded the book with gorgeous photographs that make for an unforgettable reading experience. The Revolutionary Genius of Plants opens the doors to a new understanding of life on earth.
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