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[Alln] 4x4 contest: The Infinite Monkey Cage
An fun experiment with Lego, Photoshop and philosophical ideas.
About this creation


It has been said that if one gave an inifinte number of monkeys typewriters and paper, they would eventually write the complete works of Shakespeare. In order to physically recreate this thought experiment, the Infinite Monkey Cage was built. Unfortunately the builders only made it infinite in one direction, claiming that infinity comes in an inifinite number of forms. Being infinitely large, the cage wouldn't fit on any planet and had to built in deep space. When the inifinite number of monkeys were finally collected together and put in the cage, they soon died in the vacuum, leaving just some banana skins flapping in space...

This creation was built because I saw the 4x4 contest (I thought it was for cars at first!) on the [Alln] group. What can you fit into just 4x4 studs? Why not build something 4x4 but infinitely tall?

The creation takes its name from the superb Radio 4 science programme, The Inifinite Monkey Cage, where they have dealt with the thorny issue of what dimensions the cage is infinite in.

I thought that I should add a photo showing exactly what I actually built. The bit that I found the trickiest with this MOC was to photograph it at an angle that would allow me to clone the image and stack them up in Photoshop. Oh for an infinite amount of Lego!






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  November 6, 2012
Ha-Ha!
  October 27, 2012
Interesting. Thanks for the comments on my page. You seem to be interested in space stuff. Have you ever tried to build a Mars Rover? Its a six-wheel suspension arrangement. No springs. I did one once from technic bits. Seemed to work. You can google the mechanics, fairly easy. Are you in England? I am.
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  October 9, 2012
Quoting Jasro 8 In this MOC infinity exists... therefore there are an infinate number of lifeforms, galaxies and parallel universes... I wonder when this monkey cage would pass by Planet of the Apes and what would happen next.
Thanks for your thought provoking comments!
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  October 9, 2012
In this MOC infinity exists... therefore there are an infinate number of lifeforms, galaxies and parallel universes... I wonder when this monkey cage would pass by Planet of the Apes and what would happen next.
 I made it 
  October 5, 2012
Quoting Tim C I like what you've assigned to this build. Excellent, profound concept. I love it when LEGO is taken in such a philosophical direction. And you added a bit of your signature humor to it as well. You'd think that the brilliant scientists that were able to come up with so complex a design would have considered the adverse effects of the absence of oxygen. And of course, we can see inside the cage, so we don't have some kind of Schroedinger's monkeys thing happening here. All those poor, countless monkeys;) It is an infinite tragedy.
Thanks for your long comment! I think that some of the humour in this MOC comes from the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. DNA has whole mighty battle-fleets being eaten by small dogs, whales randomly appearing and splatting into planets and of course he starts with the destruction of the Earth, in a humorous way :) He's a big infulence on everything that I do!
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  October 4, 2012
I like what you've assigned to this build. Excellent, profound concept. I love it when LEGO is taken in such a philosophical direction. And you added a bit of your signature humor to it as well. You'd think that the brilliant scientists that were able to come up with so complex a design would have considered the adverse effects of the absence of oxygen. And of course, we can see inside the cage, so we don't have some kind of Schroedinger's monkeys thing happening here. All those poor, countless monkeys;) It is an infinite tragedy.
 I like it 
  October 4, 2012
Cool!
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  October 3, 2012
vary cool!
David Roberts
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Chris Melby
  October 1, 2012
Dave, I stepped out for a bit, sorry I've missed some of these classic space Moc's you've been mass producing! Very cool stuff. Chris
 I made it 
  September 30, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens cool, and yes, probability is mind boggling. Apparently there is a chance that you could wake up on Mars tomorrow. It's tiny, but real. Go figure! Something to do with electrons teleporting outside their atoms .01 percent of the time etc...
Thanks for your thought-provoking comments! I hope I don't wake up on Mars tomorrow: it would be a terrible commute back to work in Wales!
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  September 30, 2012
Haha, brilliant idea and great banana peel effect.
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  September 30, 2012
cool, and yes, probability is mind boggling. Apparently there is a chance that you could wake up on Mars tomorrow. It's tiny, but real. Go figure! Something to do with electrons teleporting outside their atoms .01 percent of the time etc...
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  September 29, 2012
Hahaha brilliant stuff. :D
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  September 29, 2012
Hey great job and of course it will work for the contest good luck =)
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  September 29, 2012
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible Hm... Maybe they shoulda got an infinite number of monkey spacesuits.
I think that they did try spacesuits but the gloves were too thick for the monkeys to press the keys on the typewriters. Then again, if you put a typewriter in space, all of the ink will just boil away. I think that this experiment was designed by philosophers and not by scientists!
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  September 29, 2012
Hahaha this is great! I always enjoy MOCs that look good and have more background to them than meets the eye. Your photoshopping skills are complete awesomness! This is inspiring so please keep em' coming! Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2012
Awesome! Great photoshop skills, too, and a brilliant idea. Interestingly enough (here I'm getting philosophical...), while it takes essentially an infinite supply of monkeys with typewriters to do all this, it only takes one intelligent being (i.e. human, etc.) with a typewriter to do the same... *winks*
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  September 28, 2012
Awesome! You got my philosophical engine running now! ;)
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  September 28, 2012
Nice job! I enjoy Photoshopping my MOCs as well. Good luck in the contest.
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  September 28, 2012
Hm... Maybe they shoulda got an infinite number of monkey spacesuits.
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  September 28, 2012
Always wanted one of those. Hehe, fun design! Good luck in the contest!
 I made it 
  September 28, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett A really striking moc, and an excellent idea - apart from the monkeys in a vacuum...
Sorry about the monkeys. I don't own any of the Lego ones to put in the cage, so I had to come up with reason for the cage to be empty. Sorry it was a grisly one. I realise my happy CS Airship had hidden missiles in it too. I'll try for no death or weaponry in my next MOC :)
 I made it 
  September 28, 2012
Quoting Jensen Anderson Very well... Done. I don't know if you actually built this whole thing... Did you? Cause if you did that would be epic... And if not I wonder how it will do in the contest. Either way, good job.
Thanks for you comments! I'd love to own an infinite amount of Lego! I'm afraid I just built the one section. As it says in the description, it's an experiment with Lego and Photoshop. It's why I said that I hope the MOC is okay in the [Alln] competition conversation. If it's not okay I'm happy to withdraw the MOC from the competition. As with all of my MOCs, I just built it because I thought it was a interesting idea.
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  September 28, 2012
Fantastic in all, i don't know what it means, but the idea behind is great! Great brother!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2012
A really striking moc, and an excellent idea - apart from the monkeys in a vacuum...
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  September 28, 2012
Very well... Done. I don't know if you actually built this whole thing... Did you? Cause if you did that would be epic... And if not I wonder how it will do in the contest. Either way, good job.
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  September 28, 2012
Oh gosh XD That is just brilliant.
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  September 28, 2012
Wow, this is infinitely good!
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  September 28, 2012
Cantor, Master of the Infinite, is smiling! :)
 I like it 
  September 28, 2012
Sublime (in the Kantian mathematical sense).
 
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