Shakespeare's Million Monkeys – Food for Thought

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Baby Sumatran Orangutan hanging on rope, 4 months old, in frontEveryone has heard the assertion that a million monkeys typing long enough would produce Shakespeare, but I don’t think people realize the fact that a million monkeys did produce Shakespeare. Starting with the first primates struggling to communicate, over an extended evolutionary period they eventually evolved into Shakespeare, pen in hand, churning out masterpiece after masterpiece. The only difference from the whole “million monkeys” story is that Shakespeare didn’t have a typewriter.