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Burke Bowers

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What came first: the chicken or the egg?

I'm not being facetious with this post.

When asked this question, most people shrug and say "I don't know." But now I'm posing this question to the enlightened minds of TED.com.

So what came first? The chicken that laid the egg or the egg that hatched the chicken?

To me, the issue is philosphical and scientific at the same time. There has to be an answer, but couldn't one argue either position?

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    Apr 16 2012: how would you define "the first chicken"? because we need that in order to decide.

    (this, if you mean chicken-egg by egg. if you mean a general egg, surely it came first.)
    • Apr 16 2012: I would say "the first chicken", or any egg laying species, would be the first of its species to exist in the world. Does that help?

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