QCC: The Chicken or the Egg?

In the fifth episode of Questions, Commons & Concerns (QCC), marketing assistants at University Student Commons and Activities interviewed students, faculty and staff of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to find out which came first: the chicken or the egg?

QCC S01E05 Transcript:

Brian Donovan: Welcome to Questions, Commons & Concerns at VCU, an initiative by University Student Commons and Activities. Questions, Commons & Concerns is a series where we ask students, faculty and staff about their thoughts regarding current events, hot topics or fun subjects relevant to the University community.

Donovan: This is Brian Donovan, host of Questions, Commons & Concerns. Today’s episode covers the age-old dilemma of which came first: the chicken or the egg? It is a tough question that has captivated humanity for centuries, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Aristotle has even been described as escaping having to answer the question by proposing that both had always existed, for one cannot begin without the other. In the modern age, Neil deGrasse Tyson has given us his answer stating, “…The Egg – laid by a bird that was not a Chicken.”

Donovan: We put VCU students, faculty and staff in the hot seat to find out which they think came first: the chicken, or the egg?

:: I think it was the chicken, because then it had a genetic mutation to have eggs.

:: I’d probably say, the egg.

:: The egg came first.

:: I’m just going to say the chicken, because the egg came from the chicken.

:: I say the egg, because the chicken hatches from it and that makes sense to me.

:: I think definitely the chicken, because the chicken has to reproduce the eggs.

:: The chicken came first. Where is the egg going to come from? It needs a chicken.

:: Honestly, I think the egg came first. The reason I say that is – Well, honestly I don’t think we’ll ever know the answer to that question, but I just choose the egg because it’s like, if the chicken was to come first, there’s no real excitement. It’s just the chicken coming first. I just say the egg because it’s simplistic and it’s more mysterious.

:: The egg did come first, but it wasn’t a chicken egg. It was an egg of another animal which then evolved to be a chicken, and then the chicken laid the first chicken egg.

:: Yeah I would go chicken, definitely.

:: I’m going to say the chicken came first.

:: Chicken… but I don’t know if it’s true.

:: I mean, I guess the egg. You have to be an egg to hatch out into a chicken, right?

:: I think… the chicken.

:: It was the egg.

:: I’ve got to go with the egg.

:: The chicken.

:: I’m going to have to say the chicken, because how is an egg just going to like, be – I don’t know, I just feel like the chicken was there first through evolution. But then, I guess something could have laid an egg that eventually became the chicken. Alright, I’m saying the egg, final answer.

Donovan: It seems that VCU found this eggshell to be a tough one to crack. With all of the different ideas and opinions surrounding the subject, I know I’ll be sure not to put all my eggs in one basket.

Donovan: This has been Questions, Commons & Concerns at VCU, brought to you by University Student Commons and Activities. If you have a question you would like covered, email us at contactUSCA@vcu.edu. Thank you for listening.

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