andyebarnes67 wrote:I would also add though that they have no ability to make decisions, and that it is this that, for me, sets the blurred line between them and animals.
If a plant receives a sensory input and it is programmed to react, it will always react in a predictable way. For instance, some will move according to where in the sky the sun is. It will always move to follow it.
Whereas animals can make a decision as to how to react to an input, according to it's character and personality.
SarathW: Anesthetic and Attenborough videos.
Dhamma_Basti wrote:I wonder wether the name Schmithausen came up in this discussion, because I do not have the time atm to go through the whole 10 pages. If not I would be delighted to devote one afternoon in creating a summary of his idea of how plants where regarded in early buddhism. It was always a very special topic for him, and in his later years he devoted almost his whole time into the matter wether plants where regarded as full sentinent beings in early buddhism or not.
padmini: "Definitely the plant. I wouldn't even dream about killing the animal, disembowing it and eating it.
I think most people would have my same reaction.
So I think this image tells a lot about the difference between animals and plants."
Folks (often even self-righteous vegans) have no problem digging-up weeds to allow their favorite flowering plants, vegetables, or fruit plants to prosper even though they are adaptively superior in every way to most other plants, except from the perspective of humans.
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