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


Segundo-Ortin’s target article provides compelling evidence for physiological and behavioral complexity in plants, bringing us closer to a recognition of some kind of plant cognition – but it does not as yet offer firm grounds for inferring sentience (feeling) in plants, The recent history of the scientific demonstration and recognition of animalsentience in invertebrates, for example, does not entirely rule out the possibility that further research might provide support for plant sentience. Should this ever turn out to be the case, the ethical problems raised are not insurmountable, and would not threaten the now proven case for animal sentience

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Author Biography

Helen Tiffin, Adjunct Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia, and Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities, has degrees in both Biological Scienceand Arts, and held a Canadian Government Senior Research Professorship at Queens University. Her most recent articles are: Do insects feel pain? (2016), and Human overpopulation: The elephant in the greenhouse (2023). Website