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Egg or Chicken???Which one dropped in first???

Posted in insane ways, random, science, thoughts by yojita ... on June 15, 2007

which one??ARISTOTLE (384-322 BC) was puzzled by the idea that there could be a first bird or egg and concluded that both the bird and egg must have always existed: 

“If there has been a first man he must have been born without father or mother – who is repugnant to nature. For there could not have been a first egg to give a beginning to birds, or there should have been a first bird which gave a beginning to eggs; for a bird comes from an egg.” The same he held good for all species, believing, with Plato, that everything before it appeared on earth had first its being in spirit.”  

If: The question didn’t specify that the egg had to be a chicken egg

Then we could easily say that the egg came first, because fish had been laying eggs long before chickens were around If one assumes the egg to be a chicken egg then one must define what a chicken egg is: 

If: A chicken egg will hatch a chicken,

Then a bypass is allowed: An animal that was not a chicken laid the chicken egg, which contained the first chicken. In this case the egg came first.

 If: A chicken egg is the egg that a chicken lays Then a bypass is allowed: A chicken (that hatched from a non-chicken egg) laid an egg (a chicken egg). 

Hehehe enough of the insane humbug here. 

The other way round:One can also argue that neither came first, since the chicken is the egg and the egg is the chicken. Paradoxically this argument also proves that indeed both came first.

 Now, as far as my bio text is concerned I’ll put the scientific justification according to me here..

Vertebral amphibians laid the first eggs. Their ancestors used to lay eggs or ova in clusters. Those eggs did not resemble the actual ones, so initially the typical organisms evolved and they reproduced through other processes. It is from them the egg laying amphibians and the birds evolved. So, it is the organisms that developed primarily and then the egg laying ones.  

The above justification could be more precise with this paradigm.

There’s an uncertainty whether it is seed or the plant, which came first. In the plant kingdom, there are many seedless plants from the algae to pteridophytes. They reproduce with the help of spores. Flowering plants like gymnosperms and angiosperms only contain seeds. So, initially typical plants developed and then the seed bearing plants. 

Retrospect:To some people, the analysis given above may seem silly. Does it teach us something, except that we can somehow answer the chicken-or-egg question? Well, perhaps we can conclude a few other things. Some questions become easier when we try to analyze them precisely, but then the answer appears to depend on viewpoints on other issues. Even then, the answer given by the analysis may be wrong, when the viewpoint is wrong.

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  1. tHeCaReTaKeR said, on June 15, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Omlette!!!!Omlette!!!!Omlette!!!

  2. Sainath Gupta said, on June 16, 2007 at 6:05 am

    umm, an good one , first part is an all carp , but it did need some real hard work , only useful stuff is the bio books , which is absolutely correct & explains most of it !!

  3. Bhanukiran said, on July 6, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    If I were a rooster I wud be more interested in the hen than the egg.. I mean.. like without any confusion..

    But since I am a human I wonder which is first!!

    huh!! watta life?!


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