Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th Jun 2012 19:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
In the News The BBC reports on a Turing scholar's recent claims that by today's standard of evidence, there's reason to doubt the commonly-held belief that the famed computing pioneer committed suicide in response to government persecution over his homosexuality. To be clear, he does not claim to have disproved the suicide theory -- only that the cyanide poisoning that killed Turing could well have been an accident caused by his careless at-home experimentation with dangerous chemicals.
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RE[3]: Time scale
by zima on Tue 26th Jun 2012 23:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Time scale"
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We are like 7 billion now, and the number of people that lived is astonishing. There is no other way to pay the deserved respect and tribute to the memory

Sometimes it seems like we don't really care that much about the dead... we just like to think we do
(quick, tell me something about your great-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandmother! The one from the side of your father, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-g-grandfather, 3g-grandfather, 4g-grandmother, 5g-grandmother, 6g-grandfather - something basic, like in which century did she live, on which continent, what language did she speak, how long did she live to the nearest decade; and that's a very recent ancestor)

The best / saddest is the popular myth "more of us live now than have ever lived" ...who cares about the likely 100+ billion dead homo sapiens.

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