Tha Pollan represents one of my favorite types of writers: modern polymaths who can bring scientific, historic and literary knowledge to bear on whatever they're writing about. But we know that this is just a failure of his imagination. Chapter 2 presents the tulip, with a heavy focus on its flower. We used the flowers to help us get to the right plant. Clearly the number four has no such associations for Michael Pollan. Once when walking home from school on a windy day, a large branch fell on me, striking my shoulder and knocking me to the ground. Tulips, like apples, do not come true from seed - which accounts for the astonishing variety it can produce.
While I had some notion of him going around frontier America planting apple seeds and ten points for promoting dental health he was never really going to cut it beside, say, Daniel Boone what a dream come-er-true-er was he! What do you mean by that? In contrast to the huge vegetable factory-type farming discussed in most of this section, Pollan also visits an organic farmer, and the difference hits you big time. The grammar is all wrong. Into the very heart of nature's double nature--that is, the contending energies of creation and dissolution, the spring toward complex form and the tidal pull away from it. Natural history of plants require some simply because their life cycles and interactions with the community around them are not very obvious. Non-pot-fans might find this chapter less endearing than I did, but for me, as a casual fan of the drug and, more importantly, as a guy who finds the question of what mind-altering drugs do for us interesting, it was the best part of the book. I knew nothing much about botany and have never been particularly interested in that branch of science, but this book was a very easy read and I found it extremely fascinating. Yani elbette her çiçekten bal alsın ve kaos yaratsın demiyorum ama, -ki bence blog havasının olmasına sebep olarak- her bitki için bir-iki örnek var.
My main critique is Pollan's main conceit, and the language used to express it: plant species have domesticated humanity just as much as humanity has domesticated them. But the Bible didn't have a bad word to say about the apple or even the strong drink that could be made from it. They need others for reproduction, so that their species will continue. They worshipped Dionysus, they used wine a lot, but they also created a lot of controls and rituals. Urban people are more and more unable to propagate their own food.
A complete city, providing housing, schools, hospital and shopping areas are provided in high-rise buildings. Species do not have agency, the will to act. Of course Pollan realizes that intent cannot be ascribed to the plant. So much so that we tend to make monocultures of those plants that best match our desires — something that is arguably as much a problem for the plants as it is a boon for them. Since then sweetness has lost much of its power and become slightly … well, saccarine. He busts the myth of Johnny Appleseed, shows how Tulipomania was the tech bubble of 17th century Dutch society, tells how cannabis produces the crystal clarity experienced by users and how it's different from others drugs and illustrates the historical folly of man's quest to industrialize food production by creating botanical mono-cultures. The fierceness of the passion that the tulip unleashed in Holland in the seventeenth century and to a lesser extent in France and England may have had something to do with the flower's novelty in the west, and the suddenness of its appearance.
I call it how I see it! His sections on marijuana and the Monsanto NewLeaf potato reveal that he starts his narrative excursions from the standpoint of moderate conservatism, and he usually ends up slightly on the other side, though still keeping it centrist. Since my collar bone was not broken, I got up and walked home. The tulip of chapter two and marijuana of chapter three, two unlikely fellow-travelers, have obverse stories that intersect in Holland. Commercial farmers do not have enough labor resources to do the same. Even the most God-fearing Puritan could persuade himself that cider had been given a theological free pass. The Dutch thought of their gardens as jewel boxes, and in such a space even a single flower. What the author did in the book is to address the hybridizing of plant species to fit our needs.
What the Dutch really sought were 'broken' tulips, these were flowers where you get a white or yellow ground, with intricate feathers or flames of a vividly contrasting hue. Though I'm learning a lot about Johnny here, I'd rather have more factoids about the apple. It is now gone from nature. What looks at first glance like four separate essays are carefully structured stories of historical change reflecting abstract and ironic connections. By the 1920s the Dutch regarded their tulips as commodities to trade. Surely there's no rational basis for this difference. This is because it sounds a bit like the word for death.
Pollan's The Botany of Desire is by far one of the best books I have ever read, and it is one of those books that has changed my world view for the better. We first came to understand the way cells work through botany. The apple is said to have exerted a decisive impact on human evolution because it is able to satisfy Homo sapiens' desire for sweetness. In pumpkin hybrids two different varieties were used to produce a uniform, round pumpkin which which was smaller in size and could fit into a shopping bag so that the consumer could handle it. His other argument is some philosophical nuance of object vs.
And I think whenever we do something radically new in nature, we have to proceed with great caution. Crassulas, in nature, is a prime example of this. And I guess my premise is that by looking, you know, in the same way you look at a flower and you can learn something about what a bee thinks is beautiful and that a bee has a sweet tooth, if you look at marijuana, you can learn something about our minds and how our minds work and why we should be, like all cultures, you know, every human culture with one exception has had a psychoactive plant. When it's done well, I don't care what the question is; for instance, tulips aren't really my thing, despite their presence on my dining room table right now. I did enjoy most of it, however, especially the Johnny Appleseed information, though at times I didn't find his narrative especially compelling. The trees are always hoping we'll drop dead. Reminded me of with the introduction, except it was even worse.
In fact, the invention of agriculture is also something plants did to us. The one exception is the Eskimos. Organic farming is labor intensive. It is the youngest of our canonical flowers. The material is presented in a fairly objective style, and the chapter is the best-developed and well-presented chapter in the text.