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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's CompanionEssential Writings$
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Liberty Hyde Bailey, John Stempien, and John Linstrom

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740237

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.001.0001

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The Importance of Seeing Correctly

The Importance of Seeing Correctly

Chapter:
(p.22) The Importance of Seeing Correctly
Source:
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion
Author(s):
John A. Stempien, John Linstrom
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.003.0005

One of Bailey's early essays shows his desire to bring scientific training to gardening, arguing for the importance of correct observation to our experiences of everyday phenomena. He offers a humorous anecdote regarding the logical fallacy, "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" (Latin: "after this, therefore because of this"), in which a family cat is buried near a gooseberry bush and is falsely credited with causing hair to grow on the berries.

Keywords:   observation, scientific training, gardening, everyday phenomena

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