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Lessons From Plants

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An exploration of how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving. We know that plants are important. They maintain the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They nourish other living organisms and supply psychological benefits to humans as well, improving our moods and beautifying the landscape around us. But plants don't just passively provide. They also take action. Beronda L. Montgomery explores the vigorous, creative lives of organisms often treated as static and predictable. In fact, plants are masters of adaptation. They "know" what or who they are, and they use this knowledge to make a way in the world. Plants experience a kind of sensation that does not require eyes or ears. They distinguish kin, friend, and foe, and they are able to respond to ecological competition despite lacking the capacity of fight-or-flight. Plants are even capable of transformative behaviors that allow them to maximize their chances of survival in a dynamic and sometimes unfriendly environment. Lessons from Plants enters into the depth of botanic experience and shows how we might improve human society by better appreciating not just what plants give us but also how they achieve their own purposes. What would it mean to learn from these organisms, to become more aware of our environments and to adapt to our own worlds by calling on perception and awareness rather than reason? Montgomery's meditative study puts before us a question with the power to reframe the way we live: What would a plant do?

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Beronda L. Montgomery


What would a plant do? It is an unusual question. But, as Beronda L. Montgomery shows, humans can learn a great deal from these organisms. Lessons from Plants unpacks the "senses" and skills of highly adaptive organisms that overcome immense challenges en route to flourishing.

Product details

Authors Beronda L Montgomery, Beronda L. Montgomery
Publisher Harvard University Press
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.04.2021
EAN 9780674241282
ISBN 978-0-674-24128-2
No. of pages 240
Subjects Guides > Nature > Garden
Humanities, art, music > Education > Education system
Natural sciences, medicine, IT, technology > Biology
Non-fiction book > Nature, technology > Nature: general, reference works

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