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"The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken."

-- Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy




My english is usually ok, but now I feel like it was when I tried to read native Sheakspeare. Can someone please rephrase that?


One man feeds a chicken daily and then kills it (wrigs its neck). From the daily feedings, the chicken learns that the man is not an enemy (he acquires a view that the nature is uniform, and friendly). Considering that the man eventually does kill the bird, that view was incorrect, so it should be refined.


The chicken assumes that the human will always care for it. Nature has not equipped it to deal with an intelligent predator.


The shooter and the farmer (Reference: The Three Body Problem)




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