Event 13th May: PLANT BEHAVIOUR AND INTELLIGENCE: METAPHOR & CONCEPTUAL CHANGE

Hi phytophilosophers – given my increased teaching and other responsibilities this semester I unfortunately haven’t had a lot of time recently for this blog! I will be back writing eventually, but in the meantime, if any of you are in Adelaide and enjoy thinking about plants and philosophy, feel free to come along this Wednesday evening to my talk on the topic of metaphor use and conceptual reform in the plant sciences. All welcome – there are drinks and nibbles, doors at 7pm, talk starts about 7.30pm.

University of Adelaide Philosophy Club

Hope you’ve all had a nice weekend and Mothers’ Day!

This week we’re usual time, usual place: Napier 210, doors @ 7pm. Laura Ruggles is presenting this week on some of her awesome research. She is a current PhD candidate in philosophy here at Adelaide and some of you may remember her as our former Philosophy Club president.

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PLANT BEHAVIOUR AND INTELLIGENCE: ANTHROPOCENTRIC METAPHORS OR A CALL FOR CONCEPTUAL CHANGE (OR BOTH!)?

In the last decade or so there have been an increasing number of botanists, plant physiologists, philosophers and science communicators questioning the traditional conceptualisation of plants as passive, simple and reflexive organisms. Increasingly it is common to hear theorists use concepts like plant intelligence, cognition, perception, communication, memory and behaviour. Regularly theorists discuss what plants do as though they are agentive organisms with goals and desires that take action to fulfil these aims. In response, there has…

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