Looking at things from a plant’s point of view

In this video of a TED talk by Michael Pollan (who counsels, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” and “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead”), he encourages us to look at things from a plant’s point of view, including:

  • we have inherited consciousness, just a tool, whereas plants have biochemistry
  • edible grasses have duped humans to aid them to out-compete trees for sunlight
  • we figured out how to cooperate with the rest of nature with the Darwininian Revolution, but we still have this Cartesian notion of control, that we’re in charge
  • our grammar reinforces our self-serving point of view
  • but some of us are beginning to see things from a non-human point of view; permaculture, for example, learns from nature (image from wikipedia)
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