Meltus on Feb 21 2008, 08:06 AM, said:

you say "even a monkey smacking away on a typewriter will recreate Shakespeare if given an unlimited amount of time."

Who says it will recreate shakespear? It's likely to happen, but that doesn't mean that it WILL happen.

and even if there are infinite worlds with exactly the same geological makeup of earth it doesn't mean that they all contain human life or even life at all. Say if i put a billion red balls into a bag and 1 blue ball (big bag

) the chances of me picking out the blue ball at random are next to nothing, but not impossible. So, although the chances of another planet having life are almost certain, it doesn't mean that there is definatly life out there.

I'm not saying your wrong, just we'll never know for sure.

Meltus, I think you're missing the importance of the quantifier "infinite." The statement "It's likely to happen, but that doesn't mean it WILL happen" is incorrect when infinite permutations are involved. The correct statement would be, "If it's possible, given enough opportunity (either enough time for 1 permutation or enough simultaneous permutations) it MUST happen." Since we know that at least one exactly Earth-like planet exists (ours, of course!) then we know that it's existence is possible. Therefore, given an infinite number of planets, there is an infinitely large subset of those planets that are exactly like Earth, down to the last subatomic particle. Infinity is just that huge, literally "unbounded."

I'll give you an even more extreme, but factual statement: Given an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters, an infinite number of copies of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" will be produced in an infinitesimally short time span.

THAT is what Infinity can do for you. That is also what engineers and physicists who are working on quantum computing are pinning their hopes on. They hope to harness the power of an inifinite number of (virtual parallel) computers to solve well-defined, reiterative problems.

As airsoftbro11 stated, though, this all depends on the actual result of the statement, "If the universe is infinite..."

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12, King James Version