Thursday, March 23, 2023

Editorial that examines human and plant brains

First titles in late 2022 outlinea publishing project of Emilio Perez Manzuco why monica grandes which seeks to bring cutting-edge research to a wide range of readers and shares its passion for the learning process: Suspect, investigate, discover and find answers to new questions about our world.

We like to think that a new year is about the release of everything. That the months are a flat horizon where we have not sown anything yet, where we will sow the seeds of our objectives and then everything will sprout green, bright. But January has stripped her of everything from the earth and she appears naked and numb. Without their leaves, trees are still structures that breathe like sleeping animals that are waiting for spring. It is cold outside and the fire licking the stem illuminates a line between thought and the elements. Does the side of the tree burn when it burns, I wonder, or is it just burning from a fallen tree? Does the tree already know it has fallen?

Some of the most prominent brain theorists believe that plants think. expert biologist Daniel Chamowitz He affirms that they are active and highly sensitive entities, and that they are constantly interacting with the stimuli they receive from their environment. In 1880, Charles Darwin and his son Francis He had already defended that the sensitivity of plants (their ability to move or change in the face of these stimuli) required something akin to the sensory organs of animals, also launching the hypothesis that plant roots were equivalent to the brain. There are It seems that, just as we do, plants learn from experience, and they too can remember. i read it in fascinating essay chauncey maher Vegetable Brains. a philosophical defenseWhere this Pennsylvania professor answers the question that preoccupied wise men in Aristotle’s time and that we are still trying to figure out: Are plants intelligent?

The book was one of the first titles on the new publisher’s catalog to be published last November. outlinea project that Emilio Perez Manzuco why monica grandes What began to develop into their long conversations during the first months of imprisonment, toying with the idea of ​​bringing cutting-edge research to a wider range of readers and sharing their passion for the learning process: to doubt, to investigate, to discover. And finding answers new questions. questions of our world. “In those days, everything suggested to us the possibility of a change in the fundamental interests of culture, and we were inspired by the idea of ​​a larger approach to science in order to establish human priorities.”

outlineAs they explain in the editorial poster, is a term with which classical German biologists designated the archetype or basic body plan of a living being, its Design, whose malleability, adaptability and ability to combine with other beings are tested and become more complex through the evolutionary process. Following this concept, the publisher has created two collections: mandatory, philosophy of nature and philosophy of mind, around cognitive neuroscience or environmental awareness; why meta-polis, focuses on the social sciences. Its director says, “Since the idea of ​​making a Bouplan came in April 2020.” Emilio Perez Manzuco“Our priority has been to exercise maximum care in the selection of works and authors in order to create a coherent list that appeals to a specialized readership and, at the same time, piques the interest of those not accustomed to reading research essays.”

It is also explained by Mónica Grandes (by the way, sister of the acclaimed Almudena Grandes): “We want to create a serious and attractive catalog through the themes that we propose, very careful editions and white covers and a combination of calm fonts with recognizable design that it will be our identity”. Anthropology, philosophy, psychology, economics, neuroscience or meditation are some of the titles approaches that are already part of the Bouplan, which have been widely accepted and our country Has been read outside, but not yet translated here.

These titles include Nothing. Three Inquiries about Buddhism, Where Timothy Morton, Eric Kazdin why marcus bean They highlight the relationship between Buddhism and Western critical theory. as well philosophy of psychedeliain which its author, Chris Letheby, Focuses on the mind-brain connection and the nature and effects of psychedelic experiences with substances such as LSD and psilocybin, based on efficacy shown by recent clinical trials applied to psychiatric treatments. and in the best seller The Limitations of Self-Knowledge (and the Benefits of Knowing Them)is the author Stephen Fleming takes a scientific approach to the eternal puzzle of self-awareness: the ability we have to think about our own thinking, which also helps us understand the minds of others. To be a little more human, I would say.

January and February can be ideal months to think. It’s cold outside and here inside, looking at the fire, I think of my mind and the mind of the oak whose branch feeds the flames. What is mind? Maher marvels at his philosophical defense of the intelligence of plants. The “typical neuron”, I read in his book, “looks like a plant with its roots in the air”. Wow, I tell myself, our neurons are plants. After all, maybe they’re not so asleep out there and with their strange intelligence they’re organizing themselves, like a silent and simulated still army, to remind us at some point that they lived on Earth millions of years before we did. But had ruled.

editorial layout, Vegetable Brains. a philosophical defense D Chauncey Maher

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