Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere

Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere
Author: 
Richard M. Doyle
Publisher: 
University of Washington Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–295–99095–8

paper, 358 pp., $35.00

It certainly is a rare book about plants that opens with quotes from the Chandogya Upanishad and John C. Lilly, neuroscientist and philosopher. Doyle explains in this work a complicated relationship between humans and plants with psychotropic effects. The relationship he asserts is gained through the personal use of psychedelic drugs and the study of language. Doyle invents a different sphere where this relationship evolves and communication occurs between plants and man. While some readers may admire the author’s mastery of the English language, it is likely that others will find the work pedantic and even farfetched.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
14
Number: 
1