I watched, or attempted to watch that show on Nature - What do Plants Talk About. I thought it highly stylized and boring, with even my love for plants and all I could only watch about 15 minutes. You might have often heard about people humanizing animals, giving them human characteristics and traits that don't really exist per se, that what this was to me, but with plants.
To me it was a much romanticized explanation of chemical reactions and alike.
If I'm walking along, trip and fall down and have the wind knocked out of me, I will make a noise and probably have discomfort. That discomfort and noise is a natural reaction to what happened, I'm not trying to communication to someone else that I've fallen, possible hurt myself and that I might need help. An independent observer with no preconceived notion of humans falling down, making noise and feeling pain might have a perception like those presented on the show, I'm in distress, and Iâ€™ve been injured. I need Help, but in reality what they perceive is just an interpretation of my natural physical reactions.
If I eat something and then ralph it back up, this my be preceived as a warning to others, and it very well could be, but in reality it's a natural chemical reaction to what I injested.
I wish I could remember some of the experiments more specifically, but for them to be strong and convincing representation of their ideas; they needed to have been more fully explained. The one where they scented or hormone up the inanimate object and then a true under the bell jar struck me as not a valid test. Wish I could remember the specifics better.
Not wanting to be a downer on anyoneâ€™s perception of things, how you perceive nature and enjoy nature doesnâ€™t matter to me, as long as you enjoy it. But in this case I thought they were trying to present highly romanticized version of hard science that I didn't buy into.
If for some reason that was the point, that it was supposed to be a light hearted "what if" well then I missed the point, or obviously it was lost on me anyway. That's ok too
Some of the photography was stunning. I should have just turned the sound off, put in a nice CD and enjoyed the show.
P.S. The above is not to say the I'm completely closed minded to the concept, it's just that this show did not do nearly enough to convince me.