UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

This movie was prescient: Plants pilot UFOs [Redux]

The Thing (from Another World) was an intelligent carrot.
Plants are (highly) intelligent.

This book [Prentice Hall, inc. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1970] tells us why and how:
Plants evolved first on Earth before animals, and the DNA of plants is as close to human DNA as genomes allow.

“It [is] only a small step from the first one-celled plants to the first one-celled animals …

Even in the complex plants and animals of today the fundamental processes are the same and the genes to control them carry the same codes. Human beings are thus more like plants than you might think, and in fact, many of our genes are identical to those of the plants growing in our gardens …” [Page 15]

Page 18 provides the math for planets (not plants!) in the known Universe, postulating that after all the caveats are taken into account, 100 million evolutions could have taken place on planets with suns.

“ … how can one imagine the variety of life forms that might have come about through 100 million processes? Some would still be quite primitive while others would have advanced far beyond ourselves. If the one-in-a-thousand ratio were projected further, it would n\mean that there might be 100 thousand that had reached a stage of civilization perhaps at least the equal of our own.”

Then there is this:

“ … plants … aid …  in their own salvation …” [Page 239]

“ … plants have now been found to produce chemicals similar to juvenile hormones …” [Page 239]

“Algae, the most ancient of the earth’s flora … [have] cells … held together in colonies, and [the] most advanced are the multicellular ones such as kelp in which cells have specialized functions – some (“holdfasts”) to anchor the plant, others to form a stalk, and still others to form expanded leaflike structures.” [Pages 21-22]

These books and a video take the topic further:
With the need for chlorophyll and water, one can see why a civilization of evolved, thinking plants might seek out the Earth.



  • “This carrot, as you call it, has constructed an aircraft capable of flying millions of miles propelled by a force as yet unknown to us.

    On the planet from which our visitor came vegetable life underwent an evolution similar to that of our own animal life which would account for the superiority of its brain.

    Its development was not handicapped by emotional or sexual factors.

    Intelligence in plants and vegetables is an old story. Older even than the animal arrogance that has overlooked it.

    Look here. I took this from under the soft tissue in the palm of the hand. A seedpod.

    Yes. The neat and unconfused reproductive technique of vegetation. No pain or pleasure as we know it. No emotions, no heart. Our superior. Our superior in every way.

    Gentlemen, do you realize what we've found? A being from another world as different from us as one pole from the other.

    If we can only communicate with it . . ."

    I'm sure we all remember what happened next. Thanks for posting my favorite movie, Rich.

    By Blogger Ron, at Tuesday, December 09, 2014  

  • Yes, a great movie...ripsnorting dialogue and a keen premise, as you note by the quotations.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 09, 2014  

  • Even the initial crash-recovery scene was prescient...

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Tuesday, December 09, 2014  

  • Howard Hawk's films for my money had sharply written scripts that he used (like Orson Welles) in combination with overlapping dialog..that gave them more punch and realism. For my money, that film is in the top ten of the science fiction genre. I never saw one of his films that dragged..he kept those plot lines moving along. As far as extraterrestrial life is concerned, never saying never as to what's possible seems to be a safe consideration.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 10, 2014  

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