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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 09:25 AM
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11. I had a curious experience, once.
I was being an ugly American tourist somewhere along the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where the "bush" is a jungle denser than any I've ever seen (and I've seen South America). There is shit growing off of shit that's growing off of shit that's growing itself, and visibility in this dense, 3-dimensional undergrowth is less than five to ten feet. Even in fenced-off areas highly trafficked by tourists, we were warned not to wander off into the bush, because so many people get lost every year.

So naturally, I did wander off into the bush, at my first opportunity. Within just a few minutes I was all alone, with no sense of direction and nothing to see but moss, bush, vine, and tree in every direction, including straight above. I stood still in one spot for a couple of minutes, watching and listening.

All of a sudden, I had the strangest feeling pass over me, a little like fear, but different, and in my own mind a phrase suddenly began to repeat itself: you shouldn't be here. I got scared and called out to my friends, who it turned out were only about 50 feet away on the path.

That incident can easily be chalked up to my own fears, compounded by the strident warnings I was given before I set off to do exactly what I shouldn't have done. But if it wasn't just that, then I may have experienced something like that which you describe. Perhaps I was the recipient of a chemical message from the plants which I had just disturbed.

Anyway, it was a strange enough experience that I still remember it quite clearly over a decade later.
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  -Plants 'can think and remember' Swede  Jul-14-10 09:59 PM   #0 
  - Seymour Krelborn was ahead of his time! nt  Speck Tater   Jul-14-10 10:03 PM   #1 
  - Read about that years ago in a really interesting 1973.  BrklynLiberal   Jul-14-10 10:03 PM   #2 
  - Not this shit again!  TZ   Jul-15-10 12:39 PM   #13 
     - *sniff* You made my tomato plant cry!  laconicsax   Jul-15-10 05:13 PM   #15 
  - The only reason this seems improbable or far fetched to most people...  htuttle   Jul-14-10 10:05 PM   #3 
  - The other reason is that the words "think" and "memory" are being applied sensationally.  Orsino   Jul-15-10 09:09 AM   #10 
  - Thank you. Its a piss poor written article in my opinion.  TZ   Jul-15-10 12:40 PM   #14 
  - Well that and brains. NT  dmallind   Jul-16-10 10:10 AM   #21 
  - So I guess vegans are out of luck then.  Orrex   Jul-14-10 10:06 PM   #4 
  - Holy crap,I never even thought of that.  Swede   Jul-14-10 10:16 PM   #5 
  - It was the first thing my philodendron said to me after I read the article.  Orrex   Jul-14-10 10:17 PM   #6 
     - You almost owed me a new keyboard with that one. n/t  semillama   Jul-15-10 11:25 AM   #12 
  - Only for vegans who love animals.  Ignis   Jul-20-10 12:36 PM   #30 
  - You know,  Newest Reality   Jul-14-10 10:22 PM   #7 
  - +1  corpseratemedia   Jul-14-10 11:46 PM   #8 
  - Thank you  WheelWalker   Jul-15-10 12:14 AM   #9 
  - I had a curious experience, once.  sofa king   Jul-15-10 09:25 AM   #11 
  - I'm trying really hard to be respectful of your viewpoint  qazplm   Jul-15-10 08:54 PM   #19 
     - Yep.  sofa king   Jul-16-10 08:41 AM   #20 
        - yes it is really hard to believe  qazplm   Jul-16-10 05:16 PM   #24 
  - There's a reason why it seems like superstition.  laconicsax   Jul-15-10 05:15 PM   #16 
  - There are Shamans in the Amazon who are completely full of shit.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Jul-15-10 06:22 PM   #18 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-18-10 06:27 PM   #25 
     - Does that post have a point other than "You're one of the mean ones, I don't like you!"?  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Jul-18-10 10:36 PM   #28 
  - Make something up. State it firmly and authoritatively.  Deep13   Jul-16-10 02:30 PM   #22 
  - I would mock you,  Bill McBlueState   Jul-16-10 02:48 PM   #23 
  - "think" and "remember" are used figuratively in the article, not literally.  laconicsax   Jul-15-10 05:24 PM   #17 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-18-10 06:31 PM   #26 
  - .  rug   Jul-18-10 08:39 PM   #27 
     - Subtle!  Nihil   Jul-20-10 05:01 AM   #29 

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