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Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1208  Wednesday, 1 May 2002

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 14:41:26 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 21:25:05 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

[3]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 14:13:36 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

[4]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 23:16:48 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys


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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 14:41:26 -0400
Subject: 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

Charles Edelman said:

> Sorry to disappoint everyone, but the question of how many monkeys and
> how many typewriters might be needed to produce the works of Shakespeare
> is moot.  The simian hand is without an articulated, opposable thumb.
> Monkeys can't type.

1. While I certainly wouldn't give away my valuable opposable thumb for
a wilderness of monkeys, it's perfectly possible to type (including
operating the shift key and space bar) with just the fingers--in fact a
number of humans actually prefer to type using only the index finger.

2. And, as we know, at least some roaches can type albeit only lower
case.

3. For a period of about two decades, monkeys were fully employed
throwing darts at stock market quotes--perhaps with the decline in the
market, they can return to their literary endeavors.

Dana Shilling

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 21:25:05 +0100
Subject: Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys
Comment:        SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

"The simian hand is without an articulated, opposable thumb", Charles
Edeleman points out. Therefore, he concludes, "Monkeys can't type".

The astonishing thing about this assertion is that it can only have been
made by typing. I never use my thumbs when I type. In fact this entire
post was generated using my two index fingers with hands splayed, in the
interests of science.

m

A Tempestuous npise of thunder and lightning heard...

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 14:13:36 -0700
Subject: 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

> Sorry to disappoint everyone, but the question of how many monkeys and
> how many typewriters might be needed to produce the works of Shakespeare
> is moot.  The simian hand is without an articulated, opposable thumb.
> Monkeys can't type.

Sure they can!  Jane Goodall has shown chimps poking straws into
anthills and then drawing out a lively little snack.  So whenever the
100 monkeys need to make a space, they use a straw to hit the spacebar.
If they get smarter during this ceaseless typing, they might learn to
keep the straw between their teeth to keep both hands on the keyboard.
In time, they might develop enough intelligence to add to this thread.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 23:16:48 +0100
Subject: 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1194 Re: Shakespeare and Monkeys

>From:           Charles Edelman <
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>Sorry to disappoint everyone, but the question of how many monkeys and
>how many typewriters might be needed to produce the works of Shakespeare
>is moot.  The simian hand is without an articulated, opposable thumb.
>Monkeys can't type.

Some of us two-finger type (no thumbs needed).

RH

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