You might recall that a couple years back, Natalie Angier sparked a debate over the experiential capacity of plants when she argued in the New York Times that humans ought to think twice about eating brussels sprouts because … they like to live. Well, the Times has done it again. Last week they published an essay by philosopher Michael Marder in which the author insinuates that peas can “talk,” and thus, we shouldn’t eat them.  This has Leonard Finkleman, my colleague at Rationally Speaking, up in arms: … the language used in Marder’s essay — to say nothing of the research paper that inspired it — is awfully suggestive, isn’t it? You wouldn’t want to eat something capable of basic learning and memory, would…