#IBC18 Thursday public lecture

Tweets from the public lecture Sister Water Lily meets the Big Bad Banksia Man by Dr Peter Bernhardt.

#ibc18 Public Lecture. Peter Bernhardt: Sister Water Lily meets the Big Bad Banksia Man. Role of storytelling in botanical knowledge.
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
Peter Bernhardt: great 19th Centruy children’s book pictures of plants personified. Did these stimulate botanical interest? #ibc18
Pathh1
July 28, 2011
Plants personified in first books:academic rigor & mythical screaming mandrake root in1470 http://bit.ly/nydcU5 http://bit.ly/q19VPt #ibc18
Pathh1
July 28, 2011
Found the auto-correct setting and switched it firmly off. All typos from this point will be my own. No pressure. #ibc18
IBC11
July 28, 2011
#ibc18 Bernhardt: Walter Crane – Flora’s Feast – visual puns, seasonality. Illustrations not really aimed at children. #thereisatrendhere
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
Bernhardt: presenting anthropomorphic flower illustrations. Not really my gumnut-baby… #ibc18
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
omg! Flower fairies. Based on northern hemisphere weeds. #imayneverrecover #ibc18
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
Bernhardt: and now, May Gibbs. Is it #unaustralian to really, really dislike Gibbs anthropomorphism of the flora of a continent? #ibc18
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
Did May Gibbs really educate generations of Australian children? Or provide them with a distorted botanical reality #ibc18 #ifeellikeagrinch
Jim_Croft
July 28, 2011
@Jim_Croft I freaked out my then four-year-old daughter pointing out the "Banksia men" in coastal heathland #ibc18 #ifeellikeagrinch
adavid
July 28, 2011
Peter Bernhardt. Plants anthropomorphized in extremis #ibc18 & fanciful verse. Does it excite next generation? http://t.co/s77c3Vm
Pathh1
July 28, 2011

There’s not a lot else from the public lecture. I’m not sure if this is entirely relevant, but regarding anthropomorphism, there’s this recent post from Aob Blog by Matthew Hall.

Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany
Plants are people too? Well, before you put in the call to have me taken me away, let me explain where I’m coming from. Way back in 2003, when I was an undergraduate in plant science at the University of Edinburgh, one of our Professors, Tony Trewavas, published a paper in Annals of Botany titled “Aspects of Plant Intelligence.’

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