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The world of plants and its relation to mankind as revealed by the latest scientific discoveries. "Plenty of hard facts and astounding scientific and practical lore."--Newsweek

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Remarquable par le sérieux et l'abondance de sa documentation, écrit avec un talent de vulgarisateur qui rappelle celui de Bill Bryson, passionnant par les perspectives qu'il ouvrait il y a déjà plus de trente ans. On voit après cela le monde végétal avec d'autres yeux. A recommander, même si les potentialités plutôt New Age du dernier chapitre ont, elles, pris un coup de vieux.
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Livre fascinant, riche en explications scientifiques. Sa lecture changera la vision du monde du vivant à jamais. Une lecture obligatoire.
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HASH(0x8a92a750) étoiles sur 5 Your best friends..... 26 juillet 2002
Par Dianne Foster - Publié sur
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird is a wonderful book of wisdom about the plant world and life in general. Like many people my age, I cut my teeth on Disney's "Living Desert" back in the 1950s. That film killed the notion for me that nothing lives in Death Valley and if Death Valley can be alive what else is possible?
SECRET LIFE is like the old Disney films because the book describes science that challenges stereotypical mainstream thinking. Anyone who believes plants are sentient beings will love this book. If you've done much reading on this subject you've probably seen Tompkins and Bird quoted elsewhere.
In the first part of their book, the authors explore the attributes of plants and pretty much conclude they have everything in common with animals-except plants probably came first on the evolutionary ladder and prepared the way for animals. In fact, if earth was invaded by alien species, the authors suggest the aliens were probably plants. But, you say, plants have roots and stay put (for the most part) and plants produce chlorophyll. Shell fish (oysters, mussels) and sea anemones can be rooted to one spot and small protozoa-like creatures produce chlorophyll.
Probably the thing I like the best about this book is that finally, someone links the Chakras to real body parts-the seven endocrine centers--and explains the reasons why these "hot spots" are so important. Also, Tompkins and Bird explain the scientific reasoning behind Bach flower remedies and many other "new age" products you can find at Fresh Fields and other holistic stores.
Skeptics will always have doubts, but after 30 years of organic gardening and non-academic exposure to plants, I know Tompkins and Bird are onto something. So do many modern scientists who have discovered belatedly that much of what the authors described 30 years ago may be true afterall.
Cutting edge scientists are frequently ignored. Once upon a time some people thought George Washington Carver was a fruitcake because he thought plants had feelings (they do). Carver discovered many unusual things as did a number of other later Nobel winners, although sometimes folks like Gregor Mendel were not recognized until it was too late.
If you want to be a better person, a wiser consumer, a great gardener, and healthier, you owe it to yourself to read THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS. It isn't all about them.
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HASH(0x8a92a7a4) étoiles sur 5 this will forever change how you view your houseplants...... 26 mai 2007
Par D. Pawl - Publié sur
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I am not exaggerating. When I picked up a copy of THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS, to go on a journey into the previously "unknown" world of plants, it was listed as, both, a new age and an occult book. Yes, to some it sounds pretty woo woo and out there that the common houseplant could take such a liking to Brahms, or such a disliking to hard rock music, that it would be driven to either thrive or shrivel. Yet, according to scientists and scientific scholars, stranger things have happened--and, in their words and by their accounts, they really DID happen! For example, plants who were the subjects of numerous tests and studies in a laboratory, were proven to have "human-like" feelings for the people that they were introduced to. In fact, the relationships progressed to the point that when one of the participants in the study nearly got run over by public transportation on the street, the participating plant was recorded in reacting in alarm to the peril that the human subject was put in! This wasn't all. Plants also are also proven, in this book, to respond to human sexuality in a very powerful (if not anthropomorphized) manner. Besides the studies, we are introduced to the beliefs of Goethe and the scientific progress made by George Washington Carver (of peanut cultivation fame).

I can definitely see why this engrossing book inspired a soundtrack and an (as of today) unreleased documentary film. This book, written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, is, quite possibly one of the most engrossing books pertaining to biology and modern-day symbiotic relationships between plants and humans that I have ever read. If THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS had been assigned reading in my high school biology class, I might have chosen a different path in college (in the plant sciences, perhaps!). If that isn't a vote of confidence from me, the humble liberal arts major, I don't know what is! Read this fantastic book today.
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HASH(0x8a92aa80) étoiles sur 5 Loopy and fascinating 9 août 2005
Par A. Bannigan - Publié sur
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This book changed my life. I found it absolutely fascinating and was stunned when my PhD supervisor (I'm a plant biologist) told me that she had read it too. I was interested to know where the amazing information came from that they present and was dissapointed, but not particularly surprised, that all the "science" that they refer to is published in journals with names like "The Russian Journal of Parapsychology" and the like. Not a single one was in a journal that I could easily get access to, so, while it is wonderful food for thought and a great hommage to the importance and wonder of plants, the evidence they present should be taken with a grain of salt unless you can find other research backing it up. But enjoy. It really is mind-boggling!
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HASH(0x8a92afa8) étoiles sur 5 A century of mysterious plants sensitive functions & abilities, Wow! 23 octobre 2011
Par Michael B. Sprague - Publié sur
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i love this book impressed me forever with wonderful natural mysteries about plants organic functions, even instincts. Like sensing peoples emotions, learned via lie detector tests. It explains how new frontiers of what plants are feeling & can do now. But that goes back millions of years of all animals depending on plants, water, air & microbes we need to live healthy.
I'm still learning about plants functions of utter simple & complex, spirals & fertility thru the seasons cycles in their foodwebs.

Also the movie of it with Stevie Wonder's magical soundtrack is inspiring! And few more books on plants magical qualities are in print now. Glad the movie is now available. I met Peter Thompkins a few years ago was wonderful. 'Secret Life' still is basic inspiring book for all Permaculture & botoney & wild plants & herb studies. It connects human Nature with plants sensitivities. See "Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture"]
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HASH(0x8a92afc0) étoiles sur 5 look deeper 23 décembre 2004
Par t-diggs - Publié sur
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It seems as if a lot of the reviewers below think this book is cute. Alot of them say that if you are into plants and flowers than you will find this interesting. I agree on that level, but this book has a much stronger undercurrent that I hope alot of people will pay attention to. Through a series of experiments, the authors portray the sentient quality of common plants. The simple fact that a plant "knows" when you are thinking bad thoughts. They respond to external stimulai much like any human would. In fact, it seems as if their "awareness" is heightened to include those in the psychic categories. In one experiment, they have a random selection of men. One is chosen at random to go in and destroy one of three plants. The other two plants (common rhododendron) are then hooked up to electro-encephalographs (EEG - brain wave monitors.) and they march the men in one by one. The plants exhibit no alarm, but as soon as the one responsible for the plant death enters the room, the other two plants start registering wildy on the graphs. Basically, they knew who it was that killed their friend. Or, too be more blunt, they read his mind. This has incredible implications for those who believe plants (and animals) are lesser beings. The idea I got from this, is that there is an energy that flows throughout everything on this planet and through space universal. One invisible energy that ties us all together. Man, woman, cat, dog, tree, possibly even rocks (Read the Celestine Prophecy, or study the Nepalese monks that live in the Himalayas, and maybe you'll see what I am getting at.) are all interconnected. In most religious groups there is talk of God within us, from Christianity to Islam, from Buddhism to Hinduism. Could it be that god is everything and everywhere at once. Always and always. I might be getting carried away here, but I feel that this book has touched on something strong. The whole universe is sentient. Now when I go for a hike I feel as if the woods are completely aware of my presence and not only that, but they are aware of my vibes that I give off, aware of my appreciation. I love the woods and after reading this book, it makes sense that the woods love me back because of that. Play some good music for your plants tonight.
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