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Creativity & Time & The Infinite Monkey Theorem

Creativity & Time & The Infinite Monkey Theorem

A fun and interesting short video about creativity and the pressure of time has been making the rounds of writers and illustrators. (By KreativMagazin) I share it here with you. One thing I do wonder about, though, is that the kids in the video were essentially made to stay at their desks and work on the task at hand. If I am given unlimited time to create . . . I wander off into other activities that momentarily catch my attention, like washing dishes or doing the laundry. Perhaps I need to hire someone to make me stay at my desk.

On the other hand: there is the infinite monkey theorem which (According to Wikipedia)  states “that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

In this context, “almost surely” is a mathematical term with a precise meaning, and the “monkey” is not an actual monkey, but a metaphor for an abstract device that produces a random sequence of letters and symbols ad infinitum. The probability of a monkey exactly typing a complete work such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time even a hundred thousand orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low, but not actually zero.”

Hmm . . . so let me get this straight. If NaNoWriMo was infinite I could be Shakespeare!


It’s an enjoyable video and gives one pause for thought.  Enjoy!