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Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods, and Human Cells

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This is the only book by Cleve Backster himself, describing 36 years of research in biocommunication, observed electrical responses in plant life and other living organisms. All life forms have the capability of responding to one another, from plants and bacteria to foods and animal cells. Most amazing is his work with human leukocytes. These discoveries have opened up a n ...more
Published September 1st 2003 by White Rose Millennium Pr
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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After reading a chapter about Cleve Backster in Derrick Jensen's a Language Older than Words... I had to read this book to learn more. I will warn you... it is NOT well written BUT Backster's tireless years of research in the laboratory have resulted in a giant leap forward to prove scientifically what others have only conjectured about the nature of consciousness.
Primary Perception details Backster's astounding discovery that the cells of our body--even when removed and observed at a distance--
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book! Wow! The author is basically relating his lab experiments with plants where he repeatedly registered electrical style, emotive reactions by living plants in reaction to various threatening stimuli....burning them with matches, etc. He used a polygraph machine to measure the reactions and graph them onto paper for visible observation. He showed reactions to plants themselves being threatened, and other living beings from bacteria to animals and humans being hurt or threat ...more
Oct 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the sincerely curious and open-minded
Cleve Backster is a top scientist in his field who will likely be recognized after he is gone as an almost mystical character, like Einstein, Da Vinci or Tesla. If his research hadn't inadvertently challenged the religious dogma of materialistic science, he would have been celebrated and carried on the shoulders of the world. But he was ridiculed and scorned for daring to suggest something that others were afraid to accept, or even to hear: that plants, yeasts, and even our own cells respond to ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Knowing that Backtster’s research was viewed as controversial, I approached this book with an open mind. I enjoyed learning about his exploration into consciousness and communication between living cells. The implications of his findings are eye opening and far reaching and if accurate aid in bridging the gap between spiritual philosophy and science. The thoughts expressed in this book expanded my perception of consciousness and for that I am grateful.
Aug 13, 2009 marked it as to-read
Had a mini debate with someone about plants and their ability to feel pain, emotion, etc. Part of me has always felt they are no different than humans or animals in regards to their basic response to pain, emotion etc. Hoping this book will clarify a few things.

Clifton Coetzee
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cleve Backster is regarded as one of the Polygraph Gods. He had some strange (at the time) theories and certainly performed some extraordinary experiments in the course of his work.
Even today, Backsters PDD question protocols rank amongst the most widely used worldwide. This book is quite fascinating. If you can get it, do so and experience Cleve Backsters view of the world.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
in my opinion this is a critical read for someone trying to understand nature and coming to terms with the drastic inadequecies of the western scientific approach.

the author may be a bit rigid in his thinking but his experimental results are amazing!
James M. Madsen, M.D.
Mar 21, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction, science
This sounds like an extraordinary claim. Of course, as Carl Sagan wrote, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of evidence is presented here! (Or as Ronald Reagan used to say, "Trust but verify"!) ...more
Gene Knauer
I read this as background research for a novel I'm writing. It's about how this specialist in lie detector technology became interested in using them to detect perception and biocommunication in plants. Very interesting. ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: brainfood, science, plants
This book is simultaneously crazy interesting and excessively dull. It's worth reading, but you probably won't enjoy reading it so much as thinking about the implications of what you've read. ...more
Paula Salme Sandrak
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Didn't finish it due to leaving Australia and my friend who owned the book but definately worth a read! Amazing what general public is not aware of. I <3 plants :) Have to find a copy to finish it! ...more
Anne Ward
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thesis
Interesting, but not as well documented as I'd hoped since I'm using it for my thesis. ...more
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