UK scientists “amazed” by plants that can calculate

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From the BBC:

Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests.

UK scientists say they were “amazed” to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology.

Mathematical models show that the amount of starch consumed overnight is calculated by division in a process involving leaf chemicals, a John Innes Centre team reports in e-Life journal.

Terms like “amazed” and “astonished” (which also appears in the article) often feel like a synonym for “Darwinian evolution might not explain this.”

They never use such terms when they think they have found a Darwinian explanation, however implausible. Which tells you a lot.

3 Replies to “UK scientists “amazed” by plants that can calculate

  1. 1
    lifepsy says:

    Natural Selection dunnit of course. What’s the problem?

  2. 2
    bornagain77 says:

    Smarty Plants: Inside the World’s Only Plant-Intelligence Lab

  3. 3
    Axel says:

    It’s that box of chocolates again… Oh! My!

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