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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Why he thought of threatening the plant isn’t quite clear.

The Secret Life of Plants

Take this a step further and let us wonder about the life of plants. All we have to do is acknowledge the possibility of it being true and then proceed with an open mind and heart Judith Handlesman, spiritual gardener and vegetarian.

Klein didn’t teach Mr. Hiroshi Motoyama for the study of “the human being as tridimensional. The contour of the graph triggered in him an immediate identification of the plant with one of his subjects.

Of course, neither one of them thinks they could be mistaken or deceived. Views Read Edit View history. He gives no indication that he even considered that there might be other possible explanations for the movement of his polygraph. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Unlocking the Genius Within. Petersburg Times”We know plants don’t have nervous systems. This is indeed an interesting inference to make at this point. Scientific Truth Verification, Lie Detection. Everyone can develop this skill and ability. He used split leaf philodendrons connected to a Wheatstone Bridge that would compare a known resistance to an unknown resistance.


He should have done several trials with several different plants.

The Secret Life of Plants – Harvard Science Review

I think Backster invented it that night. 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. At least Cranford recognizes that Backster is not a scientist. Deadly Straw – TV. When he returned “the thing just evened right out again, which really rounded it out and gave me a very, very high quality observation.

So, he left the room. A knowledgeable scientist would never be taken in by such rudimentary reasoning and speculation. Defenders of the polygraph think that galvanic skin responses are related to anxiety, and therefore to truthfulness.

Neurobiologists do not study plants and you will search in vain through the annals of neurobiological literature for verification of the Backster effect. After effdct couple of days, volatile gases were collected from each of the plants and it was demonstrated that plants connected to the central plant via underground fungal networks were able to produce protective chemicals as opposed to the two unconnected bean plants.

In the s Cleve Backsteran interrogation specialist with the CIA, conducted research that led him to believe that plants can communicate with other lifeforms. The Limits of Plant Power. None of these testimonials, however, mentions the critical studies that both failed to verify Backster’s claims and also explained why his studies were flawed. Despite the lack of scientific support for the notion of plant perception, the idea is accepted by many as not only true but as having been verified by numerous scientific studies!


Had he just a smattering of understanding regarding the importance of using controls for studies which try to establish causality, he might have proceeded differently. 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.

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Grover Cleveland Backster Jr. His work was inspired by the research of physicist Jagadish Chandra Bosewho claimed to have discovered that playing certain kinds of music in the area where plants grew caused them to efgect faster.

Clearly, Backster is a very curious individual. I am going to burn that plant leaf, that very leaf that’s attached to the polygraph. You are commenting using your WordPress. The theory is that when a person lies they are anxious and the amount of sweat increases slightly but measurably.