Further to: Why do plant scientists need to tell the world that plants are NOT conscious? it appears that over at The Scientist, they’re catching on: A co-author of the recent paper insisting that no, plants are not conscious offers some context:
[Lincoln] Taiz says he thinks that the motivation for plant neurobiologists stems from the environmental crisis. “They want to raise people’s consciousness about plants as living organisms and reach them on an emotional level. I’m very sympathetic to the motivations, but it is clouding their objectivity,” he says to The Guardian.Chia-Yi Hou, “Botanists Say Plants Are Not Conscious” at The Scientist
Oops. Objectivity is right up there with math as a target in the war on science, Taiz. Stop drawing attention to so vulnerable a quality. 😉
Prediction: It’ll get crazier. Some are still stewing over space cigarillo Oumuamua as an extraterrestrial lightsail. Refuting the idea keeps it going.
See also: Why do plant scientists need to tell the world that plants are NOT conscious?
University of Maryland: Oumuamua was not an alien spacecraft “Stick with analogs we know, you advise”? Yes, good idea. It used to be the usual approach among scientists. So why was it suddenly suspended? We are still wondering. Or maybe we know but no one wants to discuss it. See Tales of an invented god