Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees

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    If I'm reading that right, it says that trees are constituent or structural members of networks analogic to the neurons and neural networks of mammalian brains.
    It would be the forest, not the trees (or the fungi), that was intelligent. And most of the brainpower of that forest is underground.

    That is the viewpoint of the University biology and forestry folks I've talked to over the years. It is also one of the insights of the generation of SF writers that came around with UK Le Guin - although Le Guin ("the most arboreal science fiction writer", sometimes "the most arboreal writer") is perhaps an extreme case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaster_than_Empires_and_More_Slow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Word_for_World_Is_Forest. (Those two examples are in my opinion lesser as well as earlier works by the author, but they set out the intelligent forest theme most clearly and centrally)
     

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