An analysis of the botany of desire a plant eyes view of the world

He was halfway serious in these remarks, and I take them halfway seriously, too.

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They have a problem in that they cannot move. We also get gems like this: [Witches'] potion recipes called for such things as datura, opium poppies, belladonna, hashish, fly-agaric mushrooms, and the skins of toads.

This is a very interesting portion of the book. And I guess my premise is that by looking, you know, in the same way you look at a flower and you can learn something about what a bee thinks is beautiful and that a bee has a sweet tooth, if you look at marijuana, you can learn something about our minds and how our minds work and why we should be, like all cultures, you know, every human culture with one exception has had a psychoactive plant.

This was an essentially substanceless book.

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Johnny Appleseed did with a boatload of seed, Michael Pollan has done with a bookfull of provacative thoughts. Remarkably, this book was recommended by a priest during last week's sermon. We are still producing large numbers of them; isn't that all that counts? And, finally, Pollan ponders the Pandora's box of genetic engineering when he plants a patch of NewLeaf, a beetle-killing potato patented by Monsanto.

This was an interesting book I originally bought for my son the chapter on marijuana I knew he would like but I happened to read it myself first and was awestruck with its information. And to think that the organic farmer is struggling, successfully, amid this horror but without the overwhelming support of all of us!

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His ideas tumble over one another, sometimes wildly, but they are infectious. But the Bible didn't have a bad word to say about the apple or even the strong drink that could be made from it.

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In making his point, Pollan focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. Pollan has read widely on the subject and elegantly combines literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific references with engaging anecdotes, giving readers much to ponder while weeding their gardens. They certainly do not feature those instructions in their many TV ads! But what I realized when you look at domesticated species, we are in that web. Four case studies are presented, with each of them illustrating a different reason for man's domestication of plant species, and a particular species that represents this desire. A bon bon, a froth and frosting, lacking any substance. He attributes to plants extraordinarily sophisticated and manipulative ways of getting what they want.
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