Can a Monkey Type “Hamlet” Given Enough (Infinite) Time?


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You’ve heard this before. Give a monkey an infinite amount of time on a typewriter and he/she will eventually type out Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. The idea is that no matter how impossible it might seem it’s just a matter of time. If the monkey has an infinite amount of time it will happen. Atheists and skeptics like to use this to illustrate the point that given the current theory of the multiverse which posits an infinite number of universes it is only natural that a universe like ours will exist so there is really nothing special about it. All this talk of fine tuning means nothing since infinite time plus matter will eventually produce a universe that can sustain life. No need for God.

In his book Why Science Does not Disprove God Amir Aczel explains how this really does not work. He writes,

“The heart of the argument…

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