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Infinite monkey theorem?

You know that Infinite monkey theorem? The idea that an infinite amount of time at a keyboard would somehow eventually get a monkey producing Shakespeare’s complete works?

Yeah, probably not.


This article in Wired News, linked at the Wikipedia entry above, has a good answer for it, but it basically boils down to a misunderstanding about the nature of animal mentality:

Phillips said the experiment showed that monkeys “are not random generators. They’re more complex than that.

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