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The Intelligence of Flowers

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  39 reviews
“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ regrettably forgotten in our time, is long overdue. The introduction by Mosley is itself a gem, and contains one of the best overviews in print of writings about intelligence in Nature.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Pe ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published November 29th 2007 by State University of New York Press (first published 1907)
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Mark
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
A poetic celebration of the "genius" of flowers. Maeterlinck wants to break down the high ridge that separates the animal and plant kingdoms and argues convincingly for a different understanding of intelligence than argument and reason. After reading this book, your own body feels mulchier and more vegetal. ...more
Alexis Benitez
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mis propias palabras no le harían justicia a este trabajo. Por tal razón considero que para ahorrar tiempo a todo aquel interesado, es mejor mostrar un fragmento de cada uno de los textos que componen esta recopilación :)


La inteligencia de las flores
Yo no imagino paraíso, ni vida de ultratumba por espléndida que sea, en que no estuviesen en su sitio tal magnífica haya de la Sainrencia o de una humilde ermita vecina de mi casa que ofrecen al transeúnte el modelo de todos los grandes movimientos
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Wayfarer
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The parallels between flowers and humankind are what enrich this book, already very layman-friendly and interesting.
El Bibliófilo
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
https://youtu.be/2X5CDHnTNio
Del año 1907. Un libro profundo que se mueve desde la literatura por la divulgación científica y filosófica. Nos presenta una narrativa evocadora e inspiradora que nos abre una nueva perspectiva para entender la naturaleza y nuestra inteligencia a través de las flores.
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Quân Khuê
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Một nhà thực vật học, một nhà thơ và một triết gia cùng nhau viết cuốn sách mỏng mà nặng này.

Charles  Beauregard
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
One of Borges' favorite books and one can see why. It gives reminisenses of Melville's naturalist musings in Moby-Dick and has the strong philosophical discussion to provide support. ...more
Tatiana Gutierrez
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ensayo
Maerterlinck, el poeta de la botánica. En éste libro encontré no sólo bellísimas descripciones dignas de un grandioso poeta hacía un mundo que ignoramos todo el tiempo, aunque esté ahí siempre, sino una reflexión que vale la pena compartir en la reseña porque me hizo ver la naturaleza desde una perspectiva menos...humana.

"(...) Porque no es seguro que hayamos inventado una belleza que nos sea propia. Todos nuestros motivos arquitectónicos y musicales, todas nuestras armonías de color y de luz, e
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Jose Cobos
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hermoso libro sobre la posibilidad de ver la providencia convertida en poesía y darle espacio —no importa el nombre— en las ideas que tenemos sobre una parte de nuestra hermana Natura.
Camilo Castaño
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque a veces agobiante por la densidad de su escritura y la especificidad de sus lecciones científicas (tres veces abandoné su lectura), el libro está poblado de belleza y de metáfora, de hecho es, como anuncia su introducción, un tratado de ciencia y poesía. Hacia el final, a manera de conclusiones, encontré los mejores párrafos. Recomendado (con Internet a la mano para ver fotografías de las flores y plantas que menciona el autor).
Alie
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một trải nghiệm thú vị về cái nhìn sâu sắc đối với thế giới thực vật. Vì kiến thức sinh học quá kém nên có lẽ đã lỡ mất nhiều nét hay hơn nữa của cuốn sách. Tuy nhiên, nắm lấy những điều tế vi và trân trọng lấy nó. Đây là điều mà bản thân tôi luôn tâm niệm và hy vọng có thể đạt được.

Hy vọng lần sau khi đọc lại có thể đã tự bổ sung cho bản thân kiến thức sinh học.

P/S: Nếu như dưới tiêu đề sách "Thông thái và số phận" có dòng chữ "Sách đọc chậm" thì hẳn nhiên đọc "Trí tuệ của hoa" cũng nên như t
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Jerry Pogan
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maeterlinck essay's combine two of the things I love most, nature and elegant poetic prose. His "Life of Bees" is one of my favorite books of essay and this is almost as good. In the "Intelligence of Flowers" he describes the behavior of flowers and what he perceives as their apparent intelligence. The book was written in 1906 and so he can be excused for some of his conclusions because there is an incredible amount of knowledge that has been gained since then. Most of what he saw as willful int ...more
Daria
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica, natura
Piccola raccolta di curiosità e peculiarità sul comportamento dei fiori. Tutto molto romanticizzato, racchiuso in un alone di misticismo, quindi non si può definire un saggio scientifico. Tuttavia offre spunti interessanti e stimola la voglia di approfondire. Menzione speciale per le illustrazioni: meravigliose!
Mariana Arrubla
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro para sentirme tranquila, para entender que formamos parte de un todo, que como las flores vamos de paso, lento, evolucionando, sobreviviendo, que somos parte el mundo y que ser parte del mundo es el fin de nuestra existencia

Un libro con las metáforas más conmovedoras y las preguntas más difíciles.

Un libro con el que te sientes felizmente minúsculo.
Eliška
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fj, university, státnice
Kytky jsou cool!
Eugene Pustoshkin
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга представляет собою собрание довольно коротких эссе. Открывается книга «Разумом цветов» — рассуждениями Мориса Метерлинка о разумности эволюции на примере мира цветов. Метерлинк делится своими тончайшими, полными нюансов наблюдениями. Казалось бы тривиальная тема растений раскрывается с совершенно деликатной и необычайно обогащающей стороны.

Рассуждения Метерлинка о странных закономерностях вселенской эволюции являются вполне стоящими. Мне особенно понравилась его попытка сформулировать проя
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Rosa Tolava
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2020
Me encanta la agudeza de las observaciones de Maeterlinck. El pasaje de las flores a los insectos y luego a cuestiones como el silencio, el alma o el amor; es decir, de lo concreto a lo abstracto, es sublime. Frases seleccionadas:
"Entonces la flor hembra desarrolla lentamente la larga espiral de su pedúnculo, sube, emerge, domina y se abre en la superficie del estanque...Lo cierto es que han encerrado en su corazón una burbuja de aire, como se encierra en el alma un pensamiento de liberación de
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Krysztyna
Filozoficzna książka napisana w 1907 roku, zatem trzeba ją czytać ostrożnie.
Stan wiedzy z zakresów fizjologii i genetyki znacząco poszedł naprzód, zatem niektóre informacje przytaczane tutaj przez Maeterlincka są spostrzeżeniami nieaktualnymi, bądź inaczej interpretowanymi obecnie przez naukowców. Maeterlinck bardzo antropomorfizuje świat roślin, co nie jest, wg mnie-przyszłej biolożki, dobre. Trzeba wziąć poprawkę na to, w jakich czasach żył autor i na jakim poziomie rozwoju była wtedy nauka. J
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Elaenia Montañera
Un libro de milagros: "Sin evocar el mar, la montaña, los cielos, la noche, los crepúsculos, ¿qué no podría decirse, por ejemplo, sobre la belleza de los árboles? Hablo no solamente del árbol considerado en el bosque, que es una de las fuerzas de la Tierra, quizá la principal fuente de nuestros instintos, de nuestro sentimiento del universo, sino del árbol en sí, del árbol solitario, cuya verde vejez está cargada de un millar de estaciones. Entre esas impresiones que, sin que lo sepamos, forman ...more
ua
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Like Planet Earth as written by a more lyrical Schopenhauer.


"In a world which we believe unconscious and destitute of intelligence, we begin by imagining that the least of our ideas creates new combinations and relations. When we come to look into things more closely, it appears infinitely probable that it is impossible or us to create anything whatsoever. We are the last comers on this earth, we simply find what has always existed and, like astonished children, we travel again the road which l
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Phuongvu
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trong cuốn sách mỏng dính 99 trang “Trí tuệ của hoa” (1910) đạt giải Nobel văn chương, Maurice Maeterlinck đã luận bàn những vấn đề rất triết học nhưng đầy tính duy mỹ, thấm đượm chất thơ nhưng không khác gì nhà sinh thái hiểu hết về hoa.
Con người, sinh vật luôn tự cho mình ưu việt trong vũ trụ, dường như lại trở nên nhỏ bé và hạn hữu trong câu chuyện kể về cuộc tồn sinh vĩ đại và diệu kỳ của những bông hoa...Những biểu hiện tuyệt vời biểu trưng cho trí tuệ tuyệt vời của các loài hoa vượt trội v
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Andrea Puig
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las flores que rocían los caminos del hombre se expresan en esta obra con todo su valor metafórico, científico, místico, simbólico. Albergan el mundo de los recuerdos, el recodo límpido de la naturaleza, pero también encierran en sus corolas el germen de la tecnología, la hidráulica, la aerodinámica; sus intrincadas formas esbozan las tramas de la arquitectura, los dramas del poder y los vericuetos que encuentra el amor para trascender las limitaciones de especie.

El ser humano, sus ideales y es
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Alejandra Monterroza
Conocer y aprender sobre las flores y la relación con la naturaleza, tan perfecta. Sentirme minúscula ante la grandeza de ellas. Leer que algunas flores confían su cuidado al viento, otras que florecen en medio del pantano, lo que creemos sucio, impuro, asqueroso.

Confieso que, tuve que leerlo con Google activado para poder buscar la flor o la planta y entender mejor lo que leía, y aunque mis conocimientos en botánica son pésimos 😂 me pareció un libro lleno de poesía, belleza y metáfora.
Un libro
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Tina Esquiabo
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An amazing book that brings you closer to nature, and makes you contemplate humanity from a different point of view.
Even though Maurice Maeterlinck was not a botanist he really explains the physiology of flowers on a pretty scientific way, and mingles it with his thoughts about nature and intelligence itself.
The last chapters of the book are an essay regarding different topics like silence, time, women, and the meaning and purpose of the soul.
An interesting and wonderful book to read... I fel
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Mónica Alayón Martínez
Mi lectura de este libro fue desde la identificación. Encontré en él muchas cosas que resonaron en mí y que relacioné con mi vida. Y aunque tiene un tema totalmente ajeno a mis conocimientos, sentía como si me hablara. Tiene, en mi opinión, la historia de amor más trágica (de plantas) que haya leído. Disfruté mucho la lectura, el lenguaje, las descripciones, las reflexiones y las analogías. Cabe mencionar que la edición de Taller de Edición Rocca es muy preciosa.
Sergio Chaparro
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un diálogo interesante con un tema tan cotidiano como respirar.
Recomendados para las personas inquietas, curiosas y siempre dispuestas a dejarse sorprender por la historia, por la vida misma, que siempre tendrá una nueva lección
Maria
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
A brick on the realisation of how connected our human civilisation is to nature. I was amazed to read techniques of the reproductive system of flowers which are like high-end marketing strategy. Loved it.
Blue Peace
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Quyển sách cũng cấp những thông tin thú vị và đọc đáo về nhiều loài hoa. Nhưng mà mình đọc bản dịch của Nhà Xuất Bản Thế Giới thấy hơi khó chịu vì cách dịch rất khó đọc, khó hiểu, câu cú dài dòng, lượm thượm, kém tự nhiên.
Klaudia Tolman
Do któregoś momentu czytało mi się to dobrze. Z chwilą przełączenia się przez autora na bardziej filozoficzne wątki niekoniecznie wprost dotyczące kwiatów, nieco się męczyłam. Urzekał mnie poetycki język! Mocne 3+
Huong
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3* hơi cao. Cuốn này làm mình nhớ đến kiểu/ thời sinh học chưa phải là khoa học chính xác mà nặng về mô tả. Sách viết khá khó đọc và không mạch lạc.

Nếu nhìn hoa như một cơ quan sinh sản thì mọi sự tiến hóa, chọn lọc tự nhiên ở hoa dĩ nhiên là để tối ưu hóa quá trình thụ phấn và thụ tinh.
Barbara Lemanowicz
Poetycki opis wiedzy posiadanej na temat życia kwiatów. Książka napisana w 1907 roku dosyć postępowo opisuje działania kwiatów w sposób ludzki. Przepiękne porównania i zachwyt nad doskonałością natury.
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Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (also called Count Maeterlinck from 1932) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which rev
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