The Chicken or the Egg Problem Revisited: A New Answer to the Age-Old Question
10 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 9, 2015
Evolutionary Theory holds much sway today. In light of the Theory of Evolutiuon, the question of whether the chicken came first or the egg must be examined anew. The question of whether the chicken came first or the egg has been argued by philosophers and thinkers for centuries, and is a long running question in the Philosophy of Science. This paper makes a novel contribution to the field. It argues that, in the sense that the question is usually understood, the answer is unknowable. In this paper, we treat the matter in a novel fashion. We show that the question can have five different interpretations, and each interpretation interprets the original question quite differently. We further show that the answer to the question is unknowable in the sense that people often interpret it ("Which came first -the chicken or an egg containing a chicken?"). The methodology of the answer to this question – from the purview of the Theory of Evolution – is fundamentally different from arguments from Creationism as well as arguments by philosophers such as Aristotle and Plutarch.
Keywords: Evolution, chicken or egg, Philosophy of Science
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