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MONICA GAGLIANO PhD with BETTINA MAUREENJI at Books Inc. Berkeley

Monica Gagliano and Bettina Maureenji profile photos and Thus Spoke the Plant cover image

Monica Gagliano, PhD discusses her accessible and compelling work, Thus Spoke the Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with Plants. Special guest Bettina Maureenji will create a magnificent tapestry of sound with sitar, guitar, shruti box and voice in response to Monica's reading.

In this " phytobiography"--a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant--research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people--beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices. The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighboring plants. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own 'voices' and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has re-ignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Event Terms: 
Thus Spoke the Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal  Encounters with Plants Cover Image
By Monica Gagliano, Suzanne Simard (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623172435
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: North Atlantic Books - November 13th, 2018

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