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


Abstract: The findings of complex cognitive-like behaviours in plants are surprising and exciting. However, they do not provide a scientific reason for ascribing sentience to plants. The target article, in trying to provide evidence for sentience in plants, exposes the weakness of the science of animal consciousness in general. In this commentary, I try to explain why the scientific method is incapable of resolving the question of which organisms or systems are sentient.

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Author Biography

Yoram Gutfreund is Professor of Neurobiology in the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion (Israel). Specializing in neuroethology, the comparative study of the neural basis of animal behavior, his current research focuses on attention behavior and spatial navigation in birds. In the past, he studied the motor control of the octopus’ flexible arms. Website