The Botany of Desire
Random House, 2001 - 271 Seiten
In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant — thought this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?
In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds's most basic yearnings — and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?
Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
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Michael Pollan. certain insects a tropism inclining us toward flowers, but
presumably insects can look at a blossom without entertaining thoughts of the
past and future — complicated human thoughts that may once have been
anything but idle.
failed to consider was that the Ophryus might resemble an insect precisely in
order to attract insects to it. The flower has evolved exactly the right pattern of
curves and spots and hairiness to convince certain male insects that it is a female
Cannabinoid receptors have been found in animals as primitive as the hydra,
and researchers expect to find them in insects. Conceivably, cannabis produces
THC to discombobulate the insects (and higher herbivores) that prey on the plant;
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - snash - LibraryThing
A very readable exploration of man's relationship to nature, particularly with our efforts to domesticate plants thereby forming a reciprocal relationship. The book includes a little philosophy, history, psychology as well as biology. Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - harrietbrown - LibraryThing
I started reading this book soon after my sister died, and all I could think about while I was reading it was how much I wished I could call her up and talk with her about gardening, genetics, history ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Beauty Plant The Tulip
Intoxication Plant Marijuana
Control Plant The Potato
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