All truthful knowledge can be seen as one great whole of knowledge.
And after all, since we’re talking about creating worlds and such, ya gotta learn it sometime, right? I mean really, do you think you’ll be ready to create worlds if you’re not sure which comes first, the chicken or the egg? It’s like learning to get dressed but you can’t remember which comes first…shoes or socks.
But enough about my morning…
If one prescribes to a premise of creation in which God says “Let there be chicken” and then ::poof:: (or other relevant creation sound effect…that’ll take some fasting and praying to figure out the true nature of that sound) a chicken is created, then which came first? The chicken or the egg?
In this case it would be the:
Ok, that was easy, so let’s get on with a more worldly approach.
As described by different observers and scientists over the years, including Charles Darwin, the concept is that an organism, species, life-form will:
- have a certain type of traits
- these traits pass from generation to generation
- at some point, the traits may mutate
- the life-forms that have traits that are advantageous will be better able to survive
- the life-forms without the advantageous traits (or receive a disadvantageous trait) will not be able to survive
Gary Larsen explains evolution combined with caffeine…er…hot chocolate
As a result, such a being will evolve into better and better forms, slowly, over generations.
So let’s run through this example in detail.
- A mouse has certain traits…small, quick, tasty to cats, whiskers, ears, tail, and thinks about opera music all day (I’m pretty sure on the opera music thing…at least it hasn’t been disproven yet)
- From one generation of mouse to the next (which is like 2 months for a mouse), the mouse children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren…will pretty much have these types of traits.
- During each generation over a long-long time, at some point, a mouse is born with a negative trait. ..this mouse also has the trait of smelling very strongly of cat nip and has bright orange fur that glows in the dark. Well…sorry to say, this mouse won’t last very long as the cats will find him right away. So with that special mouse quickly eaten, then that mouse is not around to have offspring…which is probably good as that mouse’s children might get the orange-glowy-fur and cat-nip smell.
(3 again) But suppose over many, many generations, a mouse is born that can deliver an electric shock (like an eel), then this might be a positive trait for the mouse to defend against cats. Any time a cat gets close, then this TASER-mouse zaps the cat, then grabs the cheese, and goes on his merry way humming opera music.
- So this super-TASER-mouse has children, but not all the children get the TASER ability, but others do. First off, the cats may not eat the non-TASER children-mice as the siblings will TASE their non-electric brothers and sisters, right?
Ok, who didn’t expect this pic?
- From generation to generation, the cats can’t eat the TASER mice, so they simply go after the non-electric mice. But at some point, the non-electric mice all die off (get eaten), leaving just the super-TASER mice around.
The mice have…evolved!
Back to Chicken
We like chicken better anyway, besides, who ever heard of KFM…no! KFC it is!
So let’s look at the egg.
- If we see an egg, we call it a snake’s egg because it came from a…snake.
- A goose egg came from a goose.
- An ostrich egg comes from an ostrich
- And a chicken egg comes from a chicken.
Now let’s look at the evolvement of the chicken in the concept of evolution.
- First organisms were cells in the sea.
- Followed by more complex cell structures, then cells that specialized in different functions.
- From smaller cell-animals, to full-fledged prehistoric fish.
- Then some fish evolved enough to have some legs and crawled out of the water…but they died as they didn’t have lungs to breath air.
- But at some point, some fish grew some legs and lungs, and was able to crawl and be on land.
- Then came feathers.
- Then came an appreciation for opera music.
- Then one mutation to the next over many, many generations.
But we don’t have a chicken yet. We have a pre-pre-pre-mutation chicken. The animal we’re looking at doesn’t yet have the attributes of a chicken.
This pre-pre-pre-chicken lays an egg, but it’s not a chicken’s egg. It’s a pre-pre-pre-chicken’s egg. The egg is defined by the parent that laid it, not what mutant comes out of it.
After a mutation, we get the pre-pre-chicken…it lays a pre-pre-chicken egg. (and if scientists were hip, this would be known as the doubpre).
Over many more generations, we get the pre-chicken animal. This still isn’t a chicken. It’s the animal before the chicken. And it lays a pre-chicken egg.
Then…finally, out of one of these pre-chicken egg’s we get a new mutant…the chicken! Only after that chicken grows up and lays a chicken egg do we get the actual…er…chicken egg.
Go forth and create likewise now
And there it is, even on the evolution side, the chicken came first.
And is there a place that God did the ::poof:: version to create a chicken? Or did God make use of evolution to create the chicken (and some other things).
Ok, now you’re all set, you have the first step of knowledge of creating worlds.