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The Postmodernism Generator is a computer program that automatically produces imitations of postmodernist writing. It was written in 1996 by Andrew C. Bulhak of Monash University using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text from recursive grammars.[1] A free version is also hosted online. The essays are produced from a formal grammar defined by a recursive transition network. Nassim Nicholas Taleb writes about "Monte Carlo generators" in his 2001 book Fooled by Randomness as a real instance of the reverse Turing test: a human can be declared unintelligent if his or her writing cannot be told apart from a generated one. It was mentioned by biologist Richard Dawkins in the conclusion to his article "Postmodernism Disrobed"[2] (1998) for the scientific journal Nature, reprinted in his book A Devil's Chaplain (2004).[3]

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  1. ^ Bulhak, Andrew C. (April 1, 1996). "On the Simulation of Postmodernism and Mental Debility using Recursive Transition Networks" (PDF). Monash University. Department of Computer Science Technical Report 96/264.
  2. ^ "Postmodernism Disrobed" (PDF). Nature. 394 (6689): 141–143. July 9, 1998. doi:10.1038/28089.
  3. ^ Richard Dawkins (2004). A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 47–53, citation p. 53. ISBN 978-0-618-48539-0.

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