This guide to the botany of desire, the pbs television documentary based on the book by michael pollan 1, is designed to help viewers get the most from their viewing experience it provides a. Michael pollan's the botany of desire is a collection of four essays on four different plants, each representing a desire that humans have: apples (sweetness), tulips (beauty), marijuana (intoxication), and potatoes (control. The botany of desire a plant's-eye view of the world every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: the bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide.
In the botany of desire, pollan sets out to explain the history of plant evolution, how co-evolution works, and how the desires and needs of humans have driven plant evolution he takes the story of four plants - apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes, four human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, and wrote four. In the botany of desire, michael pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship in telling the stories of four familiar species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world is a 2001 work of nonfiction by journalist michael pollan he writes of four types of human desire by way of comparison with the growing, breeding, and genetic engineering of plants. Pollan (a place of my own, 1997) uses four plant species to support his thesis: apples, tulips, cannabis, and potatoes each, by offering some quality that we humans find valuable, has managed to propagate itself throughout the world.
The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world by michael pollan (2002-03-18) hardcover - 1751 45 out of 5 stars 452 customer reviews see all 3 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. All four plants are integral to our everyday lives and pollan demonstrates how each has thrived by satisfying one of humankind's most basic desires weaving fascinating anecdote and accessible science, pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the landscape of botany and desire. Featuring michael pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants' point of. The botany of desire: a plant's eye view of the world new york: random house, 2002 print plot description: in the botany of desire, michael pollan examines the history of four plants - apple, tulip, marijuana and potato - and their co-evolutionary development with humans over time, primarily through the desires. In the botany of desire, michael pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship he master the botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world by michael pollan introduces the possibility to the reader that plants are using insects, animals and humans to ensure their own.
Pollan's penetrating and witty new book, the botany of desire, uproots the assumption that humans are entirely in charge of our domesticated plants he argues that they, equally, have changed themselves, as an evolutionary strategy that manipulates the desires of the more mobile species, particularly humans. The botany of desire 1 cannabis, forgetting, and the botany of desire michael pollan i want to get a couple things about myself out of the way before i start. September 28 , 2004: michael pollan promises a plant's perspective of the world in the botany of desire and delivers a book about human nature.
Chapter one the botany of desire a plant's-eye view of the world by michael pollan random house read the review. The book that helped make michael pollan, the new york times bestselling author of cooked and the omnivore's dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in americain 1637, one dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in amsterdam. Weds, oct 28, 8pm an eye-opening exploration of the human-plant relationship with author michael pollanfeaturing michael pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on.
The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world is a 2001 nonfiction book by journalist michael pollanpollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants. The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world by michael pollan and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. Pollan argues, humans choose certain plants to fulf ill our desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxi cation, and control - and plants like the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato have co - evolved.
The botany of desire by michael pollan (2001) an excelent book it is not by any means completely scientific some of the conclutions in the book are simply opinion. The botany of desire, a plant's-eye view of the world - by: michael pollan published in the united states by random house, inc, new york isbn -375-50129. Catherine c reviewed the botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world on 3/30/2012 + 181 more book reviews i really enjoyed michael pollan's rambling essays about human relationships with four plants (apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes.