Wednesday, September 12, 2007

One of Life's Mysteries Solved

This hit me last night - an answer to one of life's biggest questions. (If this has been covered somewhere else, and I am just stealing someone else's idea here that I just can't remember.. I apologize). The big question:

"Which came first - the chicken or the egg?"

The answer is quite simple, but depends on if you are a creationist or an evolutionist. If you believe in creationism, then God created all animals first, so the chicken was created by God first, and then laid the first egg.

If you are an evolutionist, then you believe the egg came first. Basically, as an evolutionist, you would believe that animals evolve and change over time - either as small changes in DNA slowly cause the creature to change, or major mutations cause quick changes every now and then (punctuated equilibrium). So, at some point you had a creature that was part chicken, but was still technically a majority of something else (lizard, some other bird, whatever). Then, this creature has a mutated egg that slightly or quickly pushes the amount of chicken in it's genes into the majority column, and survival of the fittest dictates that the new chicken creature survives extinction, while the pre-chicken beast is killed off by mother nature. So, the egg came first.

Life's biggest question, answered. Where's my Nobel Prize?

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2 comments:

Bird said...

Definitely the chicken.

Matt C. said...

Evolutionist thought is a little noodly, if you ask me.