Monday, November 30, 2009

The "infinite monkey theory"

is flawed:
if a monkey hits keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time, it will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. ... After one month - admittedly not an "infinite" amount of time - the monkeys had partially destroyed the machine, used it as a lavatory, and mostly typed the letter "s".
I guess it's back to the typewrit, er, drawing board for Richard Dawkins et al.

Via Tyler Cowen.

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