Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

chicken first or egg first?

thnk i thnk so u will get it

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  • 1 decade ago
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  • Mike
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    "thnk i thnk so u will get it"- - what is this nonsense. . ?

    you don't seem to understand evolution

    as life changed from keeping eggs inside their bodies they found it better to lay the eggs for better survival

    so they came at the same time

    Just different from live birth

  • 1 decade ago


    The chicken or the egg causality dilemma is commonly stated as "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

    Chickens hatch from eggs, but eggs are laid by chickens, making it difficult to say which originally gave rise to the other. To ancient philosophers, the question about the first chicken or egg also evoked the questions of how life and the universe in general began.

    Cultural references to the chicken and egg intend to point out the futility of identifying the first case of a circular cause and consequence. It could be considered that in this approach lies the most fundamental nature of the question. A literal answer is somewhat obvious, as opposed to the logical fallacy of the metaphorical view, which sets a metaphysical ground on the dilemma. So, to understand its metaphorical meaning better, it could be reformulated as follows: "Which came first, X that can't come without Y, or Y that can't come without X?"

    An equivalent situation arises in engineering and science known as circular reference, in which a parameter is required to calculate that parameter itself. Examples are Van der Waals equation and the famous Colebrook equation. Another example is calculation of thickness of roof of a tank or structure. To calculate the thickness requirement, we need to know the self weight of the roof, which is possible only by already knowing the thickness. This situation is solved by initially assuming the parameter and by repeated iterations converging towards finer values.

    History of the dilemma

    A chick hatching from an egg

    Ancient references to the dilemma are found in the writings of classical philosophers. Their writings indicate that the proposed problem was perplexing to themselves and was commonly discussed by others of their time as well.

    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 – which 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."

    Plutarch (46-126 AD) referred to a hen rather than simply a bird. His is Moralia in the books titled "Table Talk" discussed a series of arguments based on questions posed in a symposium. Under the section entitled, "Whether the hen or the egg came first," the discussion is introduced in such a way suggesting that the origin of the dilemma was even older:

    ...the problem about the egg and the hen, which of them came first, was dragged into our talk, a difficult problem which gives investigators much trouble. And Sulla my comrade said that with a small problem, as with a tool, we were rocking loose a great and heavy one, that of the creation of the world..."

    Macrobius (395–423 AD), a Roman philosopher, found the problem to be interesting:

    You jest about what you suppose to be a triviality, in asking whether the hen came first from an egg or the egg from a hen, but the point should be regarded as one of importance, one worthy of discussion, and careful discussion at that."

    Stephen Hawking and Christopher Langan argue that the egg came before the chicken, though the real importance of the question has faded since Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the accompanying Theory of Evolution, under which the egg must have come first, assuming the question intended the egg to mean an egg in general or an egg that hatches into a chicken.

    Responses to the dilemma


    In biology, the term egg is biologically ambiguous and the theory of punctuated equilibrium, for example, does not support a clear division between a chicken and the closest ancestors of that chicken. Both of those factors tend to contribute to the circular nature of the question (causing problems similar to either a hasty generalization or a fallacy of definition). Below are a few different definitions that could be assumed and their logical outcomes.

    If the egg is not necessarily of any specific type: Then it could be said that the egg came first, because other animals had been laying eggs long before chickens existed, such as the dinosaurs. In biology, egg is used as a general term in this way.

    If only an egg that will hatch into a chicken can be considered a chicken egg: Then a re-consideration of the original question suggests: Some animal other than a chicken laid the first chicken egg which contained the first chicken. In this case the chicken egg came before the chicken. In reality, many scientific theories suggest that this would not have been a simple event. For example, the theory of punctuated equilibrium theorizes that the actual speciation of an organism from its ancestral species is usually the result

  • Emu
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    As you are asking this question in the cooking section...

    chicken first or egg first?

    I am assuming you are asking which should be cooked first for a meal...I would say egg first, as that would be for breakfast, then;......

    chicken 2nd as that would be served for dinner.

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  • 1 decade ago

    since actuality precedes eventuality...the chicken came before the egg.

    Source(s): i am a philosopher
  • 1 decade ago

    WAITER first. You can ask him whatever you need first.

    'thnk i thnk so u will get it'

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