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Re: Monkeys
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0916  Tuesday, 13 May 2003

[1]     From:   Harry G. Rusche <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 May 2003 10:36:02 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys

[2]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 May 2003 09:52:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys

[3]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 May 2003 08:05:24 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys [and Shakespeare?]


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From:           Harry G. Rusche <
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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 10:36:02 -0400
Subject: 14.0901 Re: Monkeys
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys

Here's a bit of silliness I put together for my Shakespeare students.

Monkeys-s-s Typing Is-s a Mess-s-s
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON, May 9 (AP) - Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite
number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce
the complete works of Shakespeare.

Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will make a mess.

Researchers at Plymouth University in England reported this week that
monkeys left alone with a computer failed to produce a single word.

"They pressed a lot of S's," said Mike Phillips, a researcher in the
project which was paid for by the Arts Council.

The researchers left a computer in the monkey enclosure at Paignton Zoo
in southwest England, home to six Sulawesi crested macaques. Then, they
waited.

Eventually, the monkeys produced only five pages of text, primarily
filled with the letter S. At the end, a few A's, J's, L's and M's were
struck.

"Another thing they were interested in was in defecating and urinating
all over the keyboard," Mr. Phillips added.

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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 09:52:12 -0500
Subject: 14.0901 Re: Monkeys
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys

The problem was using those ridiculous crested macaques. Far be it from
me to revert to racism, but in my opinion it will take them longer than
infinity to write even "the coutier's soldier's scholar's eye tongue
sword." Without a proper chimpanzee at the keyboard you'll get nothing
but junk.

Here at the Department of Primatography at Nashville Polly in Tennessee,
I and my fellow faculty members have been producing country music lyrics
for some years. We hope to start on the works of WS as soon as our next
million dollar grant comes through.

Dr. J. Fred Muggs, Chair

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 08:05:24 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.0901 Re: Monkeys [and Shakespeare?]
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0901 Re: Monkeys [and Shakespeare?]

Michael E. Cohen writes, "Both of the articles cited on the topic of the
MediaLab students' 'experiment' seems to draw the conclusion that the
results disprove the assertion  'that an infinite number of monkeys
given typewriters would create the works of The Bard'.  Actually, it
disproves no such thing. 'Infinite' does not equal 'six' (the number of
monkeys actually participating), nor is a single month an adequate
amount of time in which to judge whether or not the experiment succeeded
or failed (I believe the complete premise also calls for an infinite
period of time, as well as infinite number of typewriters rather than a
single keyboard). Fact is, the monkeys clearly began with the right
letter (quick, name a playwright whose surname begins with 'S'),
indicating that the experiment may actually have begun to show positive
results."

Methinks, this monkey-business has gone far enough :)

By the same logic an infinite number of geckos given computers would
create the works of the Bard.  But what does that prove, even if it
happened?  By golly, those same geckos could have written the KJV if
Divine Providence hadn't beaten them to it.  The conclusion IS: Reason
need not Intellect to Create, but Mind-less "Evolution Creat-eth ALL!"

What IS this: some kind of keyboard-dancing gecko-sicko anti-Creationist
plot by Evolutionists, he saieth, tongue-in-cheek :) ?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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