Study based on the theory that man had sprung from trees.--T. Lewis Davies's Supplemental English Glossary, 1881
Birthday of Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682),
English physician and philosopher, whose often introspective writings were sources of inspiration for some of the great minds of his day. One of his major works, Enquiries into ... Vulgar and Common Errors (1646), focused on debunking everyday misconceptions, such as that translucent rock crystals were "ice strongly congealed." But Browne was not exempt from presenting questionable notions himself, as is apparent in the commentary about human copulation he presented in Religio Medici (c. 1635): "I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuation the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition. It is the foolishest act that a wise man commits in all his life; nor is there any thing that will more deject his cooled imagination, when he shall consider what an odd and unworthy piece of folly he hath committed."
I dunno, I've met a few people that I suspect sprang from trees, actually.