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Infinite Monkeys

I thought that everyone understood the principles behind the idea that given time and typewriters, an infinite number of monkeys would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Of course you either need an infinite number of monkeys or an infinite amount of time. But it’s obvious, I hope, that given one of those two conditions Shakespeare will be written. It’s a thought experiment. Impossible to do in the real world.

But it seems this logic is lost on some people. A group in Paignton Zoo decided to test the hypothesis. So they set up six monkeys with typewriters for a month. They got a grant from the Arts Council to do it.

And, of course, they didn’t even get a complete word. The Zoo’s scientific officer Dr Amy Plowman said that the experiment shows that “the ‘infinite monkey’ theory is flawed.” Did you notice the word “scientific” in her job title? Not sure how that got there as she seems to be incapable of logical thought.

Now excuse me, I’m just off to spend the weekend staying in Hilbert’s Hotel.

2 replies on “Infinite Monkeys”

> But it’s obvious, I hope, that given one of
> those two conditions Shakespeare will be written.

I disagree, there’s no proof there whatsoever. It would only be true if the monkeys hit keys randomly. But they don’t. Maybe monkeys have some natural inherent dislike of good old Bill which prevents them from writing it.

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