Chicken and the Egg Which came first the chicken or the egg? The chicken and the egg is one of life's oldest questions. The days of fighting on the playgrounds of which one really came first are over, but the question remains the same. Which came first the chicken or the egg? Just look at the question, it is a very tough one. How can a chicken arrive without an egg? How can an egg arrive without a chicken? Many people have varied opinions on this, my opinion is that the chicken came first due to many logical findings.

Although there are many variables out there for any one person to make a definite decision on which came first. Maybe this question just isn't made to be solved. It could be just one of life's questions, around for the sole purpose to bring meaning to other unanswerable questions. I will show why I believe that the chicken came first and why some people do see that the egg came first.

The chicken and the egg, which one actually came first? Well when I asked some more older people of the community when they thought this question had d'eluted, the resounding answer I received was it has been around Thomas, 2 forever. Well I know that nothing has been here forever, but from their birth, my grandparents can remember having the same problem in trying to figure out if it was the chicken that arrived first or the egg that came first. With a little bit of look into this question I found some exciting information that brings me closer to an answer to this difficult question. The American Journal of Agriculture of Economics has postulated that the egg has arrived first.

Within the article they have done some mathematical experiments on this case and have rejected the hypothesis that eggs do not cause chickens but that chickens cause eggs, so plainly state ing that the egg was the first (25). So they concluded that the egg came first. Walter Thurman and Mark Fisher provided this outcome after a series of surveys on chickens and eggs around the agriculture market. A forum at UCLA seems to offer more of an opposing view to this question. Scientifically the idea that the chicken came first is more appealing.

They tend to go along with the theory of evolution provided from Darwin. UCLA students hypothesis that since chickens are a bird species and that birds evolved from dinosaurs, the chicken would have to come first on the timeline. I tend to agree Thomas, 3 with this because it would seem awful hard for a chicken to raise it self if it just came from an egg. Also I believe in the theory that the chicken came first because of a more obvious aspect. If you were to look at humans, we also come from an egg, even though it is not quite like the egg chickens come from we come from an egg none the less. Now no one asks about humans, which came first, the human or the egg.

It is just a given that the chickens would have to come first or that is the way that I look at it. Henry Jay Richards offers another very interesting view to this question that I never really thought of. He states, "Since we are aware that every chicken is in a sense an egg at an end point in development and that every egg is in a sense a chicken at the starting point of development, questions of casualty in the sense of priority become absurd (30). That statement brings a whole new outlook into the question of which came first. It basically says that the question is no longer needed since both the egg and the chicken are one in the same. This theory seems to be a whole lot easier to understand and actually would take away a lot of the troubles going around of trying to figure out which one actually came first.

Thomas, 4 So if the chicken came first, the egg came first, or even if they are one of the same. That may be a question still hanging around the world for our children's children to answer. As for my view I still go along that the chicken came first. It just seems a lot more logical to myself and also goes along with what I have believed for so many years. Although until the find some hard factual information I guess the chicken and the egg will always remain a theory and never turn into a law. Works CitiedYea, Chon Sun.

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