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 said of these experiments: Slayman who investigated Backster’s claims wrote:. All of these senses are interesting but what of it?

Cleve Backster – Wikipedia

One study in explored the significance of plant volatiles as a bacister that parasitic plants use to detect host plants. Plants have DNA and have evolved by natural and artificial selection. Unlocking the Genius Within. He gives no indication that he even considered that there might be other possible explanations for the movement of his polygraph.

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

This is indeed an interesting inference to make at this point. A brain and nervous system are necessary for sentience; plants don’t have brains or nervous systems. There was a plant in the room. Backster’s work became popular and drew public attention, [6] and his findings were similar to the beliefs of HindusBuddhists and New Age followers.


Caulfield, Christine Woodcock, John A. He could hardly believe it.

Plant perception (paranormal)

He recalls the following: When he returned “the thing just evened right out again, which really rounded it out and gave me a very, very high quality observation.

Swann recalls the event and comes up with what he and Backster think must be the logical conclusion. Why does nearly the entire scientific community ignore him?

The not-so-secret life of plants.

A Field Guide to the Senses. Caught completely by surprise, Backster started formulating ideas about plant conscience. Deadly Straw – TV. Because a polygraph or ‘lie detector’ can measure electrical resistance, which would alter when the plant was watered, he attached a polygraph to one of the plant’s leaves. Instead, the needle of the galvanometer started to move downward, a response often only seen with surges of human emotion. In fact, the power of plants to understand human thought by “reading” our “bioenergetic fields” is known among parapsychologists as the Backster effect.

It could tell the difference between pretending you are going to, compared to when you actually intend to do it, which is quite interesting in itself from a plant psychology standpoint.

Do Plants Have Feelings? Forensic Psychophysiology Using the Polygraph: The Other Side of the Leaf. 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!


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One day, Backster approached his Dracaena Massangeana with a lighted match and acted as if he were going to burn it. If I can’t ‘get inside a plant’ or ‘feel emanations’ from a plant and don’t know anyone else who can, that doesn’t detract one whit from the possibility that some people can and do The idea is distinct from measured plant perception bacoster chemical communication.

Science and the Paranormal: The galvanic skin response GSR section of the polygraph measures the resistance of the skin to a small electrical current. Backste galvanometer showed some kind of reaction about one third of the time.

This puzzled him so he decided to traumatize the plant by burning, a leaf. That is, animals can experience pain, pleasure, and various emotions. Petersburg Times”We know plants don’t have nervous systems.

Backster’s claims were refuted by Horowitz, Lewis, and Gasteiger and Kmetz