Philosophical questions or thought exercises with obvious answers in the physical world are dumb.
"Which came first: the chicken, or the egg?" Egg. Creatures born from eggs existed before chickens.
There's nothing to questions like that. They don't generate thought; they spur research, if that. "What's the sound of one hand clapping?" 'Oh, gimme a second; I'll try it out.'
You're not achieving what you hope to achieve, and you need to step up your game.
In related news:
* I'm really bad at "thinking", really good at evaluation.
* I think I'm going to change my "evaluation moment" description: away from tossing a gem in the air to see all of its facets, and to Tom Cruise in "Minority Report" spreading his hands in front of a 3D display, which shows a thousand branching paths stretching into the distance, each one quickly traceable to its terminus.
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