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  • The egg

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  • Both

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  • The eggnog

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The hen or the egg?

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    Question The hen or the egg?

    What do you think:

    Who was first, the hen or the egg?
    -We're living in a illusion!
    -Ok, if that's what you think!

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    I think the dinosour came first! Hens evolved from dinosours, you know.
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    Originally posted by fuh
    I think the dinosour came first! Hens evolved from dinosours, you know.
    Catch ya later with more facts.
    Who came first, the egg or the dinosour?

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    An egg, that egg came from a creature extremely close to what we know as hens but not so evolved. Therefore the egg has to be the answer becouse the creature that came before the egg wasn't a hen.
    Am I repeating mysef? Anyway, hope this is clear even though it probably isn't.

    BTW, what's an eggnogg?
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    The egg came first. The chicken didn't just appear, it evolved from something else. The something else kept on reproducing, and eventually that something else's offspring was a chicken. The egg was created and then fertilized, thus making the chicken. The egg came first!

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    Originally posted by bob20
    The egg came first. The chicken didn't just appear, it evolved from something else. The something else kept on reproducing, and eventually that something else's offspring was a chicken. The egg was created and then fertilized, thus making the chicken. The egg came first!
    A lot better explained than me but yeah, same idea. Things don't just appear (that was cleared out a few hundred years ago actually) but descend from something else which might or might not be the same species.
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    Probably the egg, but I'm suspecting that it was the eggnog all along.
    I am against the teaching of evolution in schools. I am also against widespread
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    It's the Egg, I think?!
    none...

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    If you were religious, I would suspect you would say the Hen, because God created a mature world, not a mass of dirt with seeds and eggs on it...

    but since I think that's bullplop, I'm rooting eggnog

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    there's more votes for eggnog than everything else combined... you people are screwy

    oh well... eggnog seems the logical choice... sort of.
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    God was first. duh!

    (no religious debate, please, i just felt this thread needed this )

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    Originally posted by Travis Dane
    Who came first, the egg or the dinosour?
    dinosaurs layed eggs, dummy!

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    The trivial answer, the egg. (dinosaurs, fish, etc. that predate chickens.)

    The more interesting answers illustrate an axiom of mine. All examples of a so-called paradox are due to a badly worded question.

    If you say:
    Which came first, the chicken or an egg laid by a chicken, the answer is chicken.

    Which came first, the chicken or an egg that hatched into a chicken, the answer is egg.

    The problem lies with the precise definition of the term chicken(or hen) and egg. Most instances of paradox, if not all, are really linguistic in nature.

    Whenever I see a paradox question, I always ask myself what is wrong with the question. Probably not original, but I think it's usefull.

    What is the plural of paradox, anyway?
    Last edited by kevinalm; 01-14-2003 at 11:04 PM.

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    "Where did the contradiction of “which came into being first, a hen or a egg?” come from? When we subjectively only consider these two propositions of “the hen laid the egg” or “the hen was born from the egg” as two premises, the inference process from these two premises will completely be controlled by the only direction subjectively determined. That is to say, if we only think two propositions as promises, our thinking will have no other choice but fall into the cycle of “the hen laid the egg”, “the hen was born from the egg” and “the hen laid the egg”. If we only choose two propositions as premises subjectively, it determines that the contradiction of “which came into being first, a hen or a egg?” is a subjectively set contradiction other that a objective contradiction of “which came into being first, a hen or a egg? ”. This is a kind of determined subjectively set contradiction without selection. But when we subjectively only consider these two propositions as two premises, the process of inference will have no selection so this kind of contradictions can’t be got rid of or avoided.
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    zahid.

    I think that's what I said. Correct me if I'm wrong. At any rate, that is what I was getting at. Most paradox arise from errors in the way the question is posed. There are some that are due to limits in human knowlege, but oddly enough these are the minority, at least in my experience.
    Last edited by kevinalm; 01-15-2003 at 12:37 AM.

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