candle flame burn Consider this train of thought for a second. It is as much a statement as it is a question:

1. There is a theory in biology which is expressed in the slogan: “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”.

2. This means that the stages of development of the individual organism within the womb repeat the stages of development of the human species as a whole.

3. An inference from the statement above is that within the womb an individual organism goes through a complete life cycle.

4. If the above stipulations are true, then it means that birth is actually death. In other words: to be born is to die.