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Can Plants Think?

Plants can hear, taste and feel, as Michael Pollan writes in his latest piece for The New Yorker. But is any of that evidence of intelligence? Click here to listen.

The Intelligent Plant

In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, presented a beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream.

Ripeness is All: The Fruit Bowl

I arrived at the party that is Chez Panisse fairly late in its history, some time during its fourth decade. My first meal at the restaurant, upstairs in the Café, came during the late spring or early summer of 2001, and, a decade later, I cannot tell you what I had for dinner. It might