Natale 2022

Cogito N°12

Cogito N°12

Let us plant

22 May 2019 / Ore 19

Plants have many records such as longevity and size; plants move, play, and choose.

If we examine life on Earth in figures we discover that 97.3% of living matter is composed of the vegetable kingdom; 2.7% is the percentage of the animal kingdom as a whole, while the species homo sapiens represents only 0.01 percent of the entire biomass. Plants are much more sophisticated than animals, they are even more intelligent. And they have a superior ability to adapt than that of man.

If intelligence is the ability to solve problems, does this mean that plants have problem solving skills? Are plants smart? We talked about this and much more with Stefano Mancuso, a world-renowned scientist, protagonist on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.00 pm Villa Tasca (Viale Regione Siciliana 399, Palermo) during the twelfth appointment in “Cogito- an aperitif for the mind” “LET US PLANT”, a project devised by ​​Alberto and Francesca Tasca d’Almerita, who have followed a sustainability protocol in their family business for many years, SOStain, aimed at measuring and reducing the impacts of wine-growing activities on the ecosystem.

As usual, Salvo Piparo and his CogitActions welcomed the audience, under the direction of Alfio Scuderi, accompanied by the music of the “Banda alle Ciance” (“Ban(d) the Nonsense”)

The place, as usual, was “talking”: Villa Tasca is one of the most emblematic gardens of nineteenth-century Sicilian Romanticism, an eight-hectare park that has been host to figures of note includiong the King Ferdinando di Borbone to Margherita of Savoy; from talents of the art and music world such as Wagner (who finished the third act of Parsifal here, inspired by the swans of the lake) to Giuseppe Verdi, to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Guest of Cogito:

Stefano Mancuso

Mancuso, professor at the University of Florence, directs the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV). He is a founding member of the International Society for Plant Signaling & Behavior, he has taught in Japanese, Swedish and French universities and is an academic member of the Georgofili Academy.
The national newspaper "La Repubblica" named Dr Mancuso as being one of the 20 Italians destined to change our lives and the "New Yorker" included him in their ranking of "world changers".