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October 23, 2013

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Jeff Donlan

Well, you got it in your pocket. That's something.

Emile Borel's calculations seem to point to the random production of the Bible within the current universe. The first monkey likely produces the first sentence. There are 788,280 words in the King James Version, and taking an average of 6 characters per word and dividing by the first monkey's production of 56 characters, similar production by a mere 84,458 monkeys could result in the finished text. Maybe fewer in Hebrew. Of course, I'm not a statistician and even I can see the issue is more complicated, but I'm wondering if Borel proceeded any further considering the work of a million such monkeys. Perhaps it's more reasonable than we often think to accept not only our own evolution from inanimate matter but that the Bible could have arisen in a similar fashion.

Or maybe there's nothing to it.

John F. Ptak

The numbers begin to spiral out of control for the entire Bible, except when you enlist "The Army of Infinite Monkeys". Of course they would spend the first few million years trying to figure out why "moneys" is plural the way it is. THen comes the hard stuff. I guess after a while they'll produce something, or everything--given infinite monkeys and infinite time there's no telling what lurks in their process. I think that there's probably nothing to it, except if there is.

Some guy put x monkeys to work on keyboards as a performance art thing--it turns out that they mostly type out "s" and then bashed in the machines. And then of course they peed and pooped on them. Perhaps bowel movements come into play after a billion years. I dunno.

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