A beautiful theory shot down by ugly facts

A beautiful theory shot down by ugly facts

“The Victorian naturalist Thomas Huxley, arguing for the organizing power of random chance, allegedly advanced the conceit that an infinite number of monkeys banging away at typewriters over the course of infinity would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare. Plymouth researchers set out to explore this proposition, giving six Sulawesi crested macaques the use of a computer for four weeks. In the end the monkeys produced not a single word, and showed little interest in any key but S. ‘Another thing they were interested in,’ a spokesman for the project said, ‘was defecating and urinating all over the keyboard.'”

Murphy C. On second thought. Atlantic Monthly. September 2003

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