|'Infinite Monkey Theorem' |
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1. INTRODUCTION. The so-called 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' stands as a monument to the level of absurdity to which some atheists, atheist-evolutionists and pagans (secular humanists etc.) in general often can descend; for the atheists, it should be an embarrassing memorial to the fact that great learning, a select university education, academic prowess and erudition and scientific brilliance have nothing to do with true wisdom.
According to the Bible, a source of information that some atheists dismiss as legend, fable and myth, and others trample underfoot as obsolete and redundant pseudo-historical gibberish, true wisdom begins with the fear of God, i.e. the fear of the one and only (Hebrew) YHWH of Moses, the Exodus and the Commandments from Mt. Sinai. The Bible says:
[Job 28:28] And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Here that indefatigable hero of faith, Job, tells us that the fear of the Lord is wisdom and to depart from evil, understanding; that would include the evil of atheism, paganism and the rejection of the Hands of Friendship, the Forgiveness of Sin, Reconciliation & Justification by the (Blood) Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Redemption and Salvation offered by a loving God. Here's the secret of life: When we (the human race) were not worth dying for, Jesus Christ came down from the ivory palaces of Heaven to die for us ... to make us worth dying for. Be that as it may, Wikipedia describes the Infinite Monkey Theorem as follows:
"The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type any given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In fact, the monkey would almost surely type every possible finite text an infinite number of times. However, the probability that monkeys filling the observable universe would type a complete work such as Shakespeare's Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time hundreds of thousands of orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low (but technically not zero)."
2. THE 'BANANA' EXAMPLE. Wikipedia submits the example of the odds against an 'infinite monkey' (or some mechanical machine developed for the purpose) producing the simple, six-letter word 'banana' in an 'infinite' environment at random. It writes:
"Suppose the typewriter has 50 keys, and the word to be typed is banana. If the keys are pressed randomly and independently, it means that each key has an equal chance of being pressed. Then, the chance that the first letter typed is 'b' is 1/50, and the chance that the second letter typed is a is also 1/50, and so on. Therefore, the chance of the first six letters spelling banana is
(1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) = (1/50)6 = 1/15 625 000 000 ,
less than one in 15 billion, but not zero."
Imagine then the astronomical odds against the 'infinite monkey' producing the complete works of Shakespeare (or even only 'Hamlet') completely at random, even over an 'infinite period of time'.
The philosophical significance of the Infinite Monkey Theorem (argument) is that the atheists and atheist-evolutionists etc. (pagans, evolutionists, secular humanists etc.) use this theorem as an argument to try and prove that time, space and matter (and everything else for that matter) could have come into existence (i.e. could have 'evolved') without the existence or help of an Almighty Creator from nothing and by random accident ... provided enough time and opportunities were allowed for it to randomly so happen (hence the evolutionists' trademark mantra of 'billions of years' in all of their rhetoric).
3. REBUTTAL OF 'THE INFINITE MONKEY' THEOREM. As a rational person who, although imperfect, fears God and honours the Son of God, i.e. Jesus Christ, I make the following observations for what it is worth:
3.1 This Universe (Cosmos) is a closed system. The most serious error of the atheist was to submit the 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' as an argument for atheism-evolutionism in the first place.
Do the math: It makes absolutely no sense for the atheists to use examples (i.e. hypothetical scenarios) from the realm of infinity to try and prove the non-existence of infinity (Heaven, Paradise, the Hereafter, the existence of the Almighty etc.); so, on that principle alone I am actually tempted to rest my case and terminate my article right here. Having said that, however, I nevertheless continue in the interest of debate.
The Universe is a closed (i.e. finite) system, so the whole idea of atheists (hyper-materialists and materialistic uniformitarians) invoking examples from the nebulous, imaginary world of infinity in this finite, closed system (e.g. the infinite monkey theorem) is pure conjecture and totally in contradiction of their core beliefs. The atheists should develop examples or formulate theorems subject to the hegemony of a (closed) finite space-time continuum because that is the world in which we live.
If anything, only Christians ought to be allowed to invoke examples or parables from the world of infinity because it is the community of Christians who believe in (and preach) the existence of such a remarkable world (e.g. Heaven, Paradise), not the atheists. The Universe is a closed system e.g.:
(i) SPATIALLY, since the astronomers, astrophysicists etc. often remark on the (observable) 'diameter in light-years' of the Universe, currently given by Wikipedia as follows:
"The observable universe is thus a sphere with a diameter of about 28.5 gigaparsecs (93 billion light-years or 8.8×1026meters)."
(ii) CHRONOLOGICALLY, since most scientists, whether they believe in God or not, have conceded that the Universe had a beginning and will have an end.
(iii) MATERIALLY, as matter (as we know it) is not infinite, but actually is 'devolving' in terms of The Second Law of Thermodynamics as manifested by the decay-rates given for the various elements comprising the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Even the Bible says that this Universe will, at some point in future, eventually implode and be destroyed by fire:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? [2 Peter 3:7, 10,12].
For the atheists thus to conjecture about an 'infinite monkey' typing over an 'infinite period' for an 'infinite number of times' on some imaginary ('infinite') typewriter are total hogwash and a laughable philosophical exercise in futility. The Saviour I have come to know through both the Scriptures and personal experience does not indulge in wild philosophical conjecture over the dynamics of nature and the future of the Cosmos but in the facts of the Bible's messianic and other prophecies continually being validated over time.
One would imagine that a group so thoroughly enamoured with the demand and holy cow of 'empirical evidence' and the 'scientific method' (sic) would refrain from such childish, time-wasting conjecture and invention. No wonder the author of the book of Ecclesiastes has remarked: [Ecclesiastes 7:29]
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
3.2 The Infinite Monkey Would Not Know. Even were the 'infinite monkey' able (or lucky enough) to, after (for instance) millions of tries, or millions of years or millennia, after all eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare, a remarkable, earth-shattering feat in anyone's terms, the feat would be totally immaterial and of academic interest only to perhaps one or two researchers in white, ketchup & mustard-stained overcoats suffering from chronic dandruff and with nothing better to do.
The monkey would, (i) in the first place, not be able to recognise it as useful script of any literary or aesthetic value; (ii) in the second place, not be able to realise that he was supposed to announce, utilise or market it as such for profit or fame and (iii) in the third place, not have the capacity to recognise the gravity of the good fortune produced by his infinitely nimble fingers. He probably only would skim over it ignorantly, stupidly and mechanically toward the next set of efforts as if nothing has happened ... ad infinitum. In other words, in the end, nothing would come of it, so what's the use?
To make the analogy simpler (do the following math): Suppose the reader's child had to take a paper-aeroplane to school tomorrow, and the reader had the choice of two options, e.g.: Would the reader approach 'Evolution' (even provided with a sheet of paper!) with a request to fold a paper-aeroplane for him, or would the reader rather fold it for himself? (I thought so!).
Amazingly, although 'Evolution' cannot as much as fold a little paper-aeroplane today, yet the atheist-evolutionists believe that 'Evolution' is capable of (over time) not only independently and without help folding a paper-aeroplane, but also of producing the paper itself (i.e. the 'raw materials') from which it must be folded independently and without help from nothing in the first place.
The kind of miracles the atheist-evolutionists even today (notwithstanding the remarkable strides made by contemporary science) still believe in and doggedly cling to would have stunned the gods of the Egyptians, Greeks, Canaanites and Romans of the Old Testament & New Testament worlds of the time.
Strange ... in all other examples used by the atheist-evolutionists involving monkeys (primates) to prove the validity of 'Darwinism', such primates usually 'evolve' into something better or biologically 'more advanced' over time, yet, in this 'infinite monkey' example, the monkey does not 'evolve' at all, even after an infinite period of time! Have they forgotten to build 'Darwinian Evolution' into the example, or are they conceding the fact that monkeys (actually) do not 'evolve' (ever) ... not even over an infinite period of time? It is all a matter of expedience ... when the theory suits them, monkeys 'evolve', but when it doesn't suit them, monkeys don't.
The theorem should be renamed to: 'The Typing Infinite Monkey That Did Nor Evolve Over Billions of Years Theorem!'
3.3 Mathematical Odds Cannot Be Guaranteed. Whether the odds against winning the modern lottery is 100 to 1 or 25 364 635 463 787 233 878 to 1, mathematical odds (i.e. the Laws of Probability) cannot be guaranteed at will for profit. Theoretically, the monkey may randomly type the complete works of Shakespeare many times during his 'infinite tenure' ... or never ever. There are no guarantees ... so why wait (and hope) for it to happen? Whatever transpires, the poor monkey would anyway never know what to do with the valuable information, or that it was valuable information at all. Gerald L. Schroeder writes:
"All the sonnets are the same length. They're by definition fourteen lines long. I picked the one I knew the opening line for, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" I counted the number of letters; there are 488 letters in the sonnet. What's the likelihood of hammering away and getting 488 letters in exact sequence as in, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' What you end up with is 26 multiplied by itself 488 times - or 26 to the 488th power. Or, in other words, in base 10,10 to the 690th.
"Now the number of particles in the universe - not grains of sand, I'm talking about protons, electrons, and neutrons - is 10 to the 80th . Ten to the 80th is 1 with 80 zeros after it. Ten to 690th is 1 with 690 zeros after it. There are not enough particles in the universe to write down the trials; you'd be off by a factor of 10 to the 600th.
"If you took the entire universe and converted it to computer chips - forget the monkeys - each one weighing a millionth of a gram and had each computer chip able to spin out 288 trials at, say, a million times a second; if you turn the entire universe into these microcomputer chips and these chips were spinning a million times a second (producing) random letters, the number of trials you would get since the beginning of time would be 10 to the 90th trials. It would be off again by a factor of 10 to the 600th. You will never get a sonnet by chance. The universe would have to be 10 to the 600th time larger. Yet the world just thinks monkeys can do it every time." (Gerald L. Schroeder in 'Christian Medical Comment', article by Peter Saunders).
4. CONCLUSION. The Bible says:
[Colossians 2:8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
The atheists have, through the centuries, become masters of ideological distraction, 'philosophy', 'vain deceit' and the 'rudiments of the world', exactly as the Bible warned. The example of the 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' has finally demonstrated what could happen when people decide to forfeit common sense and trample the Creator of the Universe and the God of the Bible underfoot by summarily dismissing Biblical wisdom as dispensable myth, fable and legend: They entangle themselves with silly pseudo-intellectual riddles and games like this one.
The reader has a choice of choosing between (i) the surreal, science-fiction world of the atheists with their childish, almost infantile little theorems and riddles about life in the Universe and the God of our faith, and (ii) the real world, not driven by the blind biological chance of Dawkins' 'blind watchmaker', but driven by the cast-iron promises and providence of an almighty Creator and loving Heavenly Father as precious as gold.
On the one hand, we have this beautiful, magnificent creation driven by strict mathematical principles and the laws of physics and gravity; filled with people who can love, cry, serenade a damsel under the moon, appreciate a stunning sunset and compose majestic symphonies. Compared to that, imagine the atheists' 'hypothetical universe' ... a world produced by the cosmic-biological accident of brainless natural selection and random chance; a world of 'infinite monkeys' typing for an 'infinite years' on 'infinite typewriters' ... now what would be the chances for such a world developing ('evolving') by random chance into the beautiful Cosmos we now see unfurling its eyelids every morning at sunrise? No matter how long they try, but they will never succeed to explain such remarkable phenomena or questions as e.g.:
- the wonder of music, flowers and beautiful sunsets;
- the wonder of the two genders of male and female;
- the wonder of love; for instance, how a man would die for a little person (a newborn baby) he had, only an hour before, not known from Adam;
- the magnificent mathematical order in the Periodic Table of the Elements; the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the mysteries behind universal gravity and the weak & strong nuclear forces in quantum mechanics etc.;
- the questions of: Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going (after death)? Is their hope for mankind? What will be the future of the Earth and the Universe?
The million-rouble question: Why do atheist-evolutionists refer to the Universe as the 'COSMOS' (i.e. 'An Orderly Harmonious Systematic Universe' and 'A Complex Orderly Self-Inclusive System') while they, contrary to mathematical logic, at the same time, actually believe and teach the ideology of accidental, random, spontaneous and brainless Darwinism (the 'CHAOS') instead?
Definition of Cosmos (Merriam-Webster): 'An Orderly Harmonious Systematic Universe' and 'A Complex Orderly Self-Inclusive System'.
cosmos: noun Definition of 1a: UNIVERSE SENSE 1 b(1): an orderly harmonious systematic universe— compare CHAOS (2): ORDER, HARMONY 2: a complex orderly self-inclusive system
The Bible says:
[Psalm 12:6] The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
[Hebrews 11:6] But without faith it is impossible to please him [GOD]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is [i.e. EXISTS]., and that he [GOD] is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Jesus Christ has, furthermore, reassured those who fear God and honour the Son in no uncertain terms that: [Matthew 24:35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE
I herewith accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour, and therefore put my trust and my future in the Wisdom of God and the Ministry, Teachings, Sacrifice, Death, Blood, Resurrection and Righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (as presented to the world in the narratives of the Old & New Testaments of the Bible) for the Forgiveness of my sins, Reconciliation with God and for Eternal Salvation. May the Mercy, Grace and Favour of God follow me all the days of my life.
'And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.'
"I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy."
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1. Recommended Books: http://evangelismrsa.blogspot.co.za/2017/12/christian-literature-
1. Saunders, Peter. Christian Medical Comment: Why Richard Dawkins' Typing Monkey Theorem Is A Load Of Nonsense. Online (2019).
[Update: 30 Sept 2019].
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