Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Anthony Flew "There is a God"
I'm reading "There is a God" by Anthony Flew, acclaimed athiest philosopher who believes now that there is in fact a God - much to the chagrin of his previous atheist fans and followers. This particular excerpt made me laugh, so I wanted to share. He's talking about a debate he had with Gerry Schroeder (Israeli Physicist and author of some excellent books on science and creation from a Biblical standpoint):
"I was particularly impressed with Gerry Schroeder's point-by-point refutation of what I call the 'monkey theorem'. This idea, which has been presented in a number of forms and variations, defends the possibility of life arising by chance using the analogy of a multitude of monkeys banging away on computer keyboards and eventually ending up writing a Shakespearean sonnet.
Schroeder first referred to an experiment conducted by the British National Council of Arts. A computer was placed in a cage with six monkeys. After one month of hammering away at it (as well as using it as a bathroom!), the monkeys produced fifty typed pages - but not a single word. Schroeder noted that this was the case even though the shortest word in the English language is one letter (a or I). A is a word only if there is a space on either side of it. If we take it that the keyboard has thirty characters (the 26 letters and other symbols), then the likelihood of getting a one-letter word is 30 times 30 times 30, which is 27,000."