We think of intelligence as being a brain-supported evolutionary asset. Large or small, brains have neurons connected by synapses. It is this interconnectivity — or so it is believed—that engenders intelligence. But is this too narrow a definition of intelligence? Could plants and ecosystems display some form of alternative intelligent behavior? If so, can (and should) it be studied using traditional scientific methods?
Join 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction Richard Powers (The Overstory) and evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano (University of Sydney and [email protected] Fellow, and author of Thus Spoke the Plant) for a truly mind-expanding conversation that is sure to reset the way you think about the nature of intelligence, plant behavior, and our place within Nature. Moderated by [email protected] Director Marcelo Gleiser.
Presented by The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth.
(Thank you to Loriana Pauli for sharing!)