The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

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HarperCollins, Jun 12, 2018 - Nature - 416 pages

Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller.

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.


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User Review  - SonoranDreamer - LibraryThing

While there is some good information in this book, for the most part this book gives plant people a bad name. Yes, plants communicate, but why harm plants while studying this? If you love plants, this ... Read full review

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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

Most interesting for its overview of the history of botany, and especially of the Indian scientist Bose. The New Age-y experiments it describes are impressive but pretty incredible. Overall it feels disingenuous in the way it presents these pseudoscientific experiments. Read full review


Plants and ESP 3
Plants Can Read Your Mind 17
Plants That Open Doors 33
Latest Soviet Discoveries 63
Plant Life Magnified 100 Million Times 81
Plants Will Grow to Please You 120
The Harmonic Life of Plants 145
The Staff of Life 217
Chemicals Plants and Man 240
Radionic Pesticides 317
Bibliography 375
Index 393

Plants and Electromagnetism 163

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Peter Tompkins was an American journalist, World War II spy, and best-selling author. His best known and most influential books include The Secret Life of Plants, published in 1973, Secrets of the Great Pyramid, reprinted in paperback in 1997, and Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, published in 1976. He is the father of author Ptolemy Tompkins.

Christopher Bird was a writer best known for his books The Secret Life of Plants and The Divining Hand: The 500-Year-Old Mystery of Dowsing. He served in the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s. Fluent in French and Russian, Mr. Bird was an editor of the Gallatin Annual of International Business and a correspondent for Time Magazine in Yugoslavia.

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