Clive Baxter claimed to have evidence of the ability of plants to think, to feel, to understand people's thoughts. While serving in the CIA before he achieved international recognition as an expert in lie detector.
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February 2, 1966 Message Baxter unleashed controversy, which goes so far. Once he joined the polygraph wires to the indoor plant. He was shocked that the unit recorded an emotional response similar to the human response. The detector showed a positive reaction when the flower is watered, fixed the alarm when Baxter wanted to poke plant match. Even just the thought of a burn caused a furious response on the oscilloscope screen. Further experiments showed that plants experienced stress when under threat other plant or creature.
In the middle of the XIX century. German physicist Gustav Fechner argued that plants and animals have a soul. Charles Darwin suggested that plants are able to feel. At the beginning of the XX century. Indian scientist Jagadis Chandra Bose was of the opinion that the plants have a bit of a nervous system capable of excitation and response. American biologist, known breeder horticulturist Luther Burbank (1849 — 1926) was convinced that if the plants are to love, with the help of strong-willed actions can achieve their full development.
It was believed that the plant growth accelerates music.
In 1968, Clive Baxter's message was published in the "International Journal on parapsychology" and then replicated in the bestseller Tompkina Peter and Christopher Bird, "The Secret Life of Plants" (1973). American botanists have conducted experiments, but no one was able to repeat the results of Baxter. Since no one questioned his honesty, scientists have come to the conclusion that the error of his logic and methodology.
Skeptics were reminded that the results obtained with the help of a lie detector, generally not reliable. Others suggested that plants react to the amount of carbon monoxide that people breathe. Yet research "Baxter effect of" progress. In the 70 years of Soviet parapsychologists AP Dubrov and VN Pushkin was reported to have received similar results using EEG polygraph instead.