Which came first?

What comes to mind for many people when they think of philosophy and of philosophical questions is... "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
[The] question is not particularly philosophical and, in the light of evolution is not even especially difficult: the egg came first.

Brooke Noel Moore & Kenneth Bruder, Philosophy- The Power of Ideas


Kunwal said…
Actually, in the Deathly Hallows part they had some answer to that question: "a circle has no beginning". I m not sure if that was the exact words, but that was the answer in general.
Awais said…
Further Elaboration

"Chickens evolved from non-chickens through small changes caused by the mixing of male and female DNA or by mutations to the DNA that produced the zygote. These changes and mutations only have an effect at the point where a new zygote is created. That is, two non-chickens mated and the DNA in their new zygote contained the mutation(s) that produced the first true chicken. That one zygote cell divided to produce the first true chicken.

Prior to that first true chicken zygote, there were only non-chickens. The zygote cell is the only place where DNA mutations could produce a new animal, and the zygote cell is housed in the chicken's egg. So, the egg must have come first."

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Awais said…
@ kunwal

J.K. Rowling's answer treated the question as a philosophical circular cause and consequence problem.
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Ali K. said…
haha thats awesome to know. Generally people take it as an example of circular reasoning leading nowhere.