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


Abstract: Segundo-Ortin & Calvo (S&C) invite readers to consider seriously the hypothesis that plants have phenomenal consciousness or sentience. Their case is based on behavioral evidence to support their hypothesis. While the hypothesis seems crazy to many, there is a crazier hypothesis – panpsychism – according to which everything is sentient. We discuss panpsychism to raise a number of philosophical questions about S&C’s hypothesis.

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Author Biography

José E. Burgos Full Professor, Center for Studies and Investigations in Behavior at the University of Guadalajara. His scientific research focuses on neural network modeling of conditioning and testing its predictions with animals. He also works on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science applied to psychology. Website

Giselle M. Castañeda Ph.D. student, Behavior Science Program, Center for Behavioral Studies and Investigations, University of Guadalajara. Her research focuses on neural network modeling of conditioning, comparative psychology, and Pavlovian conditioning in plants.