The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

by Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird


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Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller.

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

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ISBN-13: 9780060915872
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/1989
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 74,482
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations between Plants and Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have probably heard about George Washington Carver, famous for transforming the peanut into many marketable products such as peanutbutter, and Luther Burbank, the plant genius who developed marvelous new varieties in his plant breeding programs. If you want to learn about their achievements, you can look them up in an Encyclopedia. But if you really want to know what they did to produce their amazing achievements, you need to read The Secret Life of Plants. This book contains details about their childhoods, for example, that George Washington Carver was a frail child and that he maintained a secret greenhouse in the woods where he cured sick plants. Also, that as a child, he used plants to cure sick animals. You can also learn about the way these geniuses worked with plants, for example, that Luther Burbank had an amazing intuitive ability to know which of the plants in his plant breeding experiments contained the traits he desired. He evidently could go through millions of seedlings and pick out the ones that showed the most promise. Furthermore, The Secret Life of Plants also describes the exploits of plant geniuses you may not have heard of, for example, a great Bengali scientist, knighted by King George V for his achievements, Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, who discovered the interrelationship of plants and electromagnetism. There is also the Russian husband-wife team, the Kirlians, who discovered a way of photographing the aura around living things. In addition, you can read about Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa, who used sound vibrations to speed up the growth of plants. There are many more fascinating topics covered in this book, among them, the North Scotland community of Findhorn that works with nature spirits to produce amazing gardens, that dowsing is considered a respected science in France, and that the alchemists¿ goal of transmuting elements is effortlessly accomplished everyday by plants. Co-author, Peter Tompkins, who also penned such fascinating tomes as Secrets of the Great Pyramid and Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, unearths fascinating information by detailing the work of scientists shunned by conformist academia. Being an avid organic gardener, I especially enjoyed learning why and how chemical fertilizers deplete the soil of nutrients, and also the amazing research that shows that plants have produced the nutrients they needed without supplemental chemicals or additives. Probably The Secret Life of Plants is the most valuable to me because it shows how scientists using plants were able to prove the reality of telepathy, something researchers holding up index cards to human subjects have not been able to do adequately.
Alisa More than 1 year ago
This book rocked my world. I will never look at life in the world in the same way again. I recommend it to everyone.
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FalstaffPC More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the most fascinating book I have ever read. Being inquisitive, this fits my enjoyment level at the top. Buy it and read it, you won't be able to put it down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book opens your mind and heart with facts and contemplations... a mystical study into the delicate, eclectic awareness of the vegetal world. It is both a spiritual journey and scientific history into the exploration and findings of the courageous, brilliant individuals who braved a new world towards insight. For the lay and studious, this book is a classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very thorough investigation into plants and the role they may play in our world. Interesting plant research from around the world is presented in a very digestible form. Plants responding to human emotions, forgotten ideas on bio-dynamic composting and more. Work from the USA, Russia, India and other countries is referenced to author and source, making for some very convincing arguments that plant do have a 'secret life'. Not for people who refuse to 'think outside the box'. A book that is a great read the first time through, and a great reference everytime after.