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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
So you are equivocating the accidental tapping of typewriter keys that mean nothing to a monkey... to the deliberate creation in one short lifetime of some of the world’s greatest literature.

Uh, no, I don't think that was the premise of the post at all.

I'm sure you've heard the claim that the chances of life occurring without intelligent intervention (i.e. God) is less than (or the same as depending on who is making the statement) some number of monkeys typing the complete works of Shakespear.

Whether the author agrees with that or not, I believe he is just investigating the statistical probability of a monkey (or monkeys) being able to do so.

11 posted on 05/20/2010 6:09:25 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

Had I read it, maybe I wouldn’t have replied as I did.
Read my #8.


12 posted on 05/20/2010 6:13:34 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: MEGoody
Whether the author agrees with that or not, I believe he is just investigating the statistical probability of a monkey (or monkeys) being able to do so.

The monkeys would succeed 100% of the time if the output comes out encrypted. The question is not if monkeys could type out Shakespeare, but what is the statistical probability we could decrypt their output, or even prove it's not encrypted Shakespeare?

14 posted on 05/20/2010 6:46:43 AM PDT by Reeses (An educated fool and his money are ensuingly dichotomized.)
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