Way better than we think, plants may not have ears but they do listen and hear. Thank you! In the language of listening to the plants (Oryngham), is not a word but a human understanding. It cannot be spoken but just felt, a language beyond words. As a tree fall down in the forests, are other trees not listening? The presupposition that other trees are silent as they do not hear; such stereotypes may not be true. But plants do have acoustic lives and that hearing is not only for ears.
Though it is hard to study the sensory world of organisms so different from us, the hokey claims of such pseudoscience are still very popular. A plethora of research shows interactions of plants with animals and both make and hear noises for communication depicting remarkable behaviour of plants. Sounds that plants may never encounter such as music in a way are hard to interpret.
Flowers themselves are the ears. Considering this, panpsychism may be wrong. Popping noises in the form of air bubbles may pass through their stems and act as the signals for animals and more enticingly for other plants. Are plants capable of hearing the sounds of other plants as eavesdropping act? Still remains unanswered.
Our leafy cousins are dismissed as a part of the furniture. Plants do seek for territory, food, evade and trap the predators and are as alive as any other animal. Plants move for a purpose and are aware of what are their surroundings. The book What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz demonstrates that plants do have feelings.
Next time you turn on the leaf-blower or the hedge-trimmer, make sure the plants are not bothered or if so, they enjoy with the interaction. These weird experiences of learning from plants to know if they respond to sound are still ‘to-be-long-documented ceremonial practice’, if not typically endorsed by the scientists.
God has provided these entities with suitable supreme powers to do what they want to do and excel in the areas of their growth. It is opportunistic for us to accept ‘we are more plant-like than we would like to think that plants are more like-animals’. Plants could even speculate that other plants need water. They may lack neurons, but they are intelligent.
We are in delusion and follow the daily chores like watering the plants, walking on the grass. We have to understand ourselves in order to be part of the natural world. We do not realise that there is something magical not that it is done by some illusionist but something that is outside of this world: a plant
So it is important to bifurcate what to prove and what can be true in a more subjective manner. The studies reveal that in the Amazonian tradition of shamanic practice, a human establishes a dialogue with the plant changing the individual’s perspective towards the greens or colourful greens of nature as living in the world of objects is different from living in the world of subjects. And so, I am never alone.
Jashan Jot Kaur is a researcher at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.