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Publication in France:
22 November 2018

276 pages

Plants' hidden emotions


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What are emotions? Some dictionaries define them as, "complex
states of consciousness, often accompanied by physical turmoil" or
"movements or agitations of a collective body that can degenerate
into distress." As incredible as it may seem, by those definitions,
plants are able to feel a wide range of emotions. What's more, it has
been recently shown that they also know how to share what they're
feeling in ways that range from simple to extraordinary. They defend
themselves, attack, establish alliances, hunt, scheme, seduce and
communicate their fear, suffering and joy remotely. It has now been
proven: they are aware of us, pay attention to us and react to our
emotions, just as they share their own. Could it be possible that they
might be sending us therapeutic information, messages of gratitude
or calls for help?
Plants do in fact demonstrate intelligence, sensitivity and even a
form of telepathy that can be measured with scientific instruments.
As extraordinary as they are, every single revelation contained in this
book has been observed by scientists.
Didier van Cauwelaert, who in addition to the Goncourt Prize, has
won awards for his popular-science writing, discussed some of
these amazing discoveries with the world's greatest botanists and
This book provides proof that nature is talking to us constantly.
We just have to learn to listen.
Didier van Cauwelaert is both an awardwinning and a best-selling author. Prix Del Duca for his first novel, in 1982; Goncourt and Nimier Prize winner, he has also been awarded the Prix de la Vulgarisation Scientifique (Popular Science Writing Prize) for his 2002 book L'apparition. His most recent books include J'ai perdu Albert ("I Lost Albert" Albin Michel, 2018), The Dictionary of the
Impossible (Plon, 2014), The New Dictionary of the Impossible (Plon, 2015) and Beyond the Impossible: Tesla and Me (Plon, 2016).
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