Who came first ? Google or Chicken ?

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

Similarly

What came first? The seed or the tree?

 

This is not a trick question, neither is it meant to irritate you.

This is what I have been told is a rhetorical question.

In the age of the information superhighway, the internet and in turn http://web.archive.org/web/20050307175339/http://www.google.co.in/, seems to have an answer to almost all our queries.

My search for an answer to “What is a rhetorical question” resulted in the following findings -

Definitions of Rhetorical question on the Web:

the poet asks a question without expecting to learn anything from the response, or to pose any difficulty for the reader, the answer being something that the poet already implies and the reader infers.

www.creativestudios.com/lit/glossary2.html

A question asked to induce thought and to provide emphasis rather than to evoke an answer.

ctl.clayton.edu/English/glossary.htm

A question that the audience isn't expected to answer out loud.

highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0767430158/student_view0/glossary.html

Question which expects and needs no answer

you.genie.co.uk/duck/glossary.htm

The author asks his reader a "question" the answer to which is perfectly clear.

www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/sh/Comm/Lally/Literary%20Definitions.htm

Question not asked for information but for effect (example: The angry parent asked the child, "Are you done interrupting me?" In this case, the parent does not expect a reply, but simply wants to draw the child's attention to the rudeness of interrupting.

davinci.moh.bvsd.k12.co.us/kugler/AP/AP_Glossary.html

a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered; "he liked to make his points with rhetorical questions"

www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn

Which of these, above, makes the most sense to you?

Personally, I have been intrigued by this question since early childhood, and have actually spent precious seconds, thinking about a possible answer.

As the years passed, I realized that there in no definite answer.

It is but a question, and all we find as answers is an opinion.

Sooner or later our human minds rationalize, without any definite mathematical logic, and arrive at a personal conclusion, deep within each of us.

For me, the egg came first.

And other such theories and perceptions of mine are linked in some way to this decision.

Perceptions, such as, tradition, customs and superstitions are all induced by this inconclusive reasoning.

Someone must have set a trend, an opinion, a law, an act, a way of life, an action….. Something that makes us believe “pechu deko na” [do not call a person from the back while he is about to set off from home.] This in itself has survived generations and decades.

Someone laid the egg of that thought, and the chicken run is subsequently continuous!

  

So what do you think did come first?

The Chicken, or the egg?

 

[ Notes from wordsmithThe essay is a treacherous one.  In its most visible layer, it is rumination or a reverie. However, think now of typing in Goggle’s rectangular universe of  ?  – The search box: What is that which google cannot find? Or be little more wicked: What is that which google doesn’t knoweth? In our mischief, we are tinkering with one of the foundations of human knowledge: The Art of Logic and Framing of Questions.

Ancient Greeks loved Rhetoric and to them this was a subject of paramount importance. Socrates tore into pieces any argument by his adamant emphasis on definition. Try to have any argument and constantly ask for definition: define freedom, define love, and define happiness... Man is born free – fine but define freedom. Love is Immortal. Wonderful. But define love. Truth shall prevail. Amen. But define truth. This is the Art of Rhetoric.

Asking google those questions in a formal way is the interaction of human mind with an algorithmic device and functioning of google is algorithmic. If someone asks me to tell me in 5 seconds the number of doors I have in my house, I will not be able to tell and google can tell me the word door appearing in how many documents, searching some million documents in 0.127 seconds! But if someone asks me – “”What are the things which you don’t know? “ I will smile, like TS Eliot and ask: What is Knowing? Unless I know that how can I answer? I am little more philosophical than poetic, I will say: All that I know is that I know nothing. And still more cryptic, like Chirst while at the court of Pontius Pilate while asked about God: A silence and a finger pointed.

The Essay, in a very loose way is connected with the query: In what way our mind is different from a computer? Softly – Does our Consciousness differ fundamentally from computational device? Physically, we are the quintessence of dust and in mind-stuff also, are we programmed cluster of pre-arranged bits that collapse and organize at the the click of a Master Program ? Remember Matrix, the movie ? Now, what is remembering?   ]