Miguel Segundo-Ortin and Paco Calvo, Plant sentience? Between romanticism and denial: Science


Segundo-Ortin & Calvo (2023) have made a valuable effort in directing the discussion about plant sentience toward a strict scientific path. However, scientific endeavors must reconcile with common sense beliefs. Although nowadays people tend to accept the idea of animal sentience, this is not easily extended to plants. One reason is the difference in time scale in which phenomena occur in plants and animals; but this still does not preclude the possibility , in principle, of plant sentience in a form difficult for us to imagine.

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Alessio Plebe is Professor of philosophy of science, Department of Cognitive Science, University of Messina, Italy. His main research is on neural computation and artificial intelligence. Website