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This is a section about Words and Wisdom.  They're related.  There are words for putting words together, and words of wisdom.  I've collected some of these things, but if they start to look too much like a joke or a rant, then they go into their own section.  These are what's left:

Contents of this section:

Assumptions
Cow Philosophy
Modern Words
Fairy Tales
Long Sentence
Quotes
Sayings

"Sayings" are words of wisdom, which I have organized into categories: Philosophy, Modern Zen, Jokes alluding to famous sayings, Honesty and stupidity, Truth and anger, Prejudice, Logic, Advice, Explaining away, and "Other".

"Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" is Ernst Haeckel's catch phrase.  He meant the development of an organism (ontogeny) expresses all the intermediate forms of its ancestors throughout evolution (phylogeny), which turns out to be quite wrong.  That's not very interesting in itself.  The interesting thing is how badly this phrase has been twisted and misquoted over the years.  What you will read here is a long, rambling discourse about this phrase.  Enjoy.