Every living thing is intimately attuned to its environment. When any stress, suffering or death occurs, all the life-forms in the surrounding area have an immediate electrical response--
as if they all share the pain.
Cleve Backster left the CIA after Leonarde Keeler, his partner and a pioneer in the use of the polygraph, had passed away.
During the development of the polygraph in February 1966, Backster discovered a reaction that changed the history of science forever--and the impact still hasn't yet reached our common,
He discovered that when the questions he would ask caused the person to feel threatened and anxious, the electrical activity in their skin became much stronger.
He then continued with further experimentation, ultimately hooking electrodes up to his newly purchased plant, in order to see if it would react by threatening it's well-of its leaves.
The very moment the imagery of burning the leaf with a match entered his mind, the polygraph pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart.
No words were spoken, no touching the plant, no lighting of matches, just his clear intention to burn the leaf.
The plant recording showed dramatic excitement.
The reaction grew stronger when Backster went to pick up the matches, but then would calm back down after he returned them to the desk.
He showed this to another associate who became fascinated, and vowed never to experiment with that which involved the threatening of plants.
After his initial discovery in 1966, Backster found out that once you start taking care of a plant, it seemingly tracks your thoughts and feelings.
During plant monitoring sessions, when he left the lab to run an errand, he found that the moment he decided to return to where that plant was,
the plant often showed a fairly significant reaction--especially when his decision to return was made in a spontaneous manner.
Backster used synchronized watches to prove that the plant was responding at the exact moment he made the decision.
Backster began leaving plants connected to his polygraph without trying to do anything--just observing their reactions and then trying to figure out what might have caused them.
One day he found a very strong reaction--and eventually realized it happened right as he poured a pot of boiling water into the sink in his lab.
Later tests revealed that his sink was loaded with bacteria--somewhat similar to the cantina scene from Star Wars--and when the bacteria suddenly died from the scalding hot water,
the plant perceived a threat to its own well-being--and "screamed."
Backster later designed an experiment to try to standardize this effect.
He tried to think of the most expendable living creature he could find--and he chose brine shrimp, which are commonly used as fish food.
He invented a machine that would dump the shrimp into boiling water at a random time.
The plants did indeed react, strongly, as the shrimp died--but only if the experiment was done at night, when no human beings were around in the lab.
Otherwise, the plants seemed to "lose interest" in the shrimp; the energy fields from an average person were much stronger.
Plants are indeed conscious. To answer the question as to if they feel...
Yes, they do.