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The Intelligent Plant

Central question: Can plants think? It’s partly — perhaps even largely — a terminological question, since there seems to be general scientific agreement that plants can behave. The reporting stays largely within the biological sciences but the invitation to range into theories of mind, and philosophy of mind, is strong. Do we know enough about how consciousness works to decide when and where it is present? (9,790 words)

Cooked: A DIY Manifesto

Book extract. Why we should take the trouble to cook, at least occasionally, at home. It keeps us alert, independent, informed; in touch with our food and the way it is produced. “In a world where so few of us are obliged to cook at all anymore, to choose to do so is to lodge a protest against specialization — against the total rationalization of life. Against the infiltration of commercial interests into every last cranny of our lives” (1,566 words)

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