The Botany of Desire Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Michael Pollan
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Chapter 1

• Four plants have shaped human evolution, according to Pollan.

• Pollan talks about the evolution of the apple over time.

• The apple is presented as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for sweetness.

• The apple does not breed from true seed.

Chapter 2

• The tulip as about 100 species in genus Tulipa.

• The tulip presented as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for beauty.

• The author believes most flowers are essentially feminine.

• The appeal of the Tulip lead to a Tulipomania.

Chapter 3

• Marijuana is derived from two species. They are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica.

• Marijuana has replaced the apple as society's forbidden fruit.

• Marijuana is said to be a Dionysian plant as it causes intoxication.

• The idea of marijuana and other psychoactive plants being used to open up consciousness is addressed.

Chapter 4

• The history of the potato is discussed in this chapter.

• The Great Potato Famine is described in detail.

• Potato...

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