The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418 Message #1563868
Posted By: Amos
14-Sep-05 - 07:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Oddly enough ALL the references to that telling phrase are from the Mudcat; this is very interesting. In his book The Blind Watchmaker Dawkins discusses the actual numerical probabilities of a room full of monkeys on typewriters actually composing a single line of Shakespeare; he dramatically contrasts two different methods, one in whoch anything worth keeping is fed back into the system, and one in which every iteration is as random as the first.
Now, there are billions of nodes and humans connected tot he Internet; so it is nothing close to miraculous that this one phrase, made up of common words under normal grammar, has not appeared anywhere in Google's reach other than the immediate karmic influence radius of MOAB.
It is intuitively clear that MOAB has succeeded in penetrating the black wall of Unlikelihood that governs the living universe and has somehow tumbled on the combination to open that door. If we can only isolate what our successful action was, we could turn the whole damn universe inside out in terms of probabilities, make wishes into horses and vice versa, and do other miracles.
I am open to suggestions.