Monica Gagliano, a renowned evolutionary ecologist, at Southern Cross University in Australia, will be the guest on “Centering on Peace”, Tuesday night (2/9) at 9 p.m. on BCTV. The topic is “Life Lessons from Plants and Elders.”
“Centering on Peace” is produced and sponsored by the Berks Peace Community. The host this month is John Hoskyns-Abrahall.
“This month’s guest is the most interesting person I have interviewed in 37 years of doing “Centering on Peace.” I was fascinated. If you have any interest in plant cognition and its implication for our survival I’m sure you will be too,” said Hoskyns-Abrahall.
Dr. Gagliano has become famous for her experiments with plants, in which she has proved that plants are intelligent, by replicating an equivalent experiment with peas to Pavlov’s experiment with dogs. She is one of a growing group of scientists that are making amazing discoveries about how plants, trees, fungi and other life forms learn, remember, communicate and have intentions. Her work has been featured in a Michael Pollan article in the New Yorker and the New York Times. Here most recent book is “Thus Spoke the Plant” and her forthcoming book is “The Mind of Plants.”
“The implications for peace are clear,” says host, John Hoskyns-Abrahall. “If we are going to evolve and re-discover a sustainable role in nature, we need to learn from older species and cultures about balance and stability, and how to cooperate and collaborate.”
BCTV is cablecast on Comcast-Reading (Channel 15), Comcast-Southern Berks (Channel 965), and Service Electric Cablevision (Channel 19). The program airs at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, and streams on www.bctv.org. Due to COVID-19 the program was recorded via Zoom, so there are no call-in questions. After the cablecast you can access the program any time on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/BCTVORG1 and search under “Centering on Peace”.