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: Or was he killed?
by shotsman on Tue 26th Jun 2012 09:50 UTC in reply to "Or was he killed?"
shotsman
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2005-07-22

There are still many places where being Gay is a death sentence. The rise of Religous Fundamentalism (of all types) in many parts of the world will ensure that remains the case.
There are places where there is an even worse crime in the eyes of many locals. That is to be transgendered.

Back on Topic.

I wonder what would have happened to alan Turing if he'd been in the US around the same time. It is my opinion that the McCarthy Hearings were a far worse blot on US History than the treatment of Alan by British society. For the US to consider Charlie Chaplin a threat to US National Security is just as bad a scandal as this. Then multiply that 10 or even 100 times.

At the time, the work Alan Turin and others has done during the war was regarded as being ultra top secret.
Remember that Churchill feared the secrets getting into the wrong hands so he ordered the destruction of many of the computers at Bletchly.
Even nearly 70 years on people who worked at Bletchley Park don't want to talk about it. I know this from personal experience as my Mother worked there from 1941-43. I took here back on a visit last year and even then she was reluctant to talk about her time there.

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RE[2]: Or was he killed?
by David on Tue 26th Jun 2012 16:14 in reply to "RE: Or was he killed?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

That's a good point about McCarthy. The truth is, the 1950s were a time of great cultural upheaval, and though we look back with sepia-toned nostalgia, it was a time of great barbarism at the hands of supposedly civilized peoples.

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RE[2]: Or was he killed?
by th3rmite on Fri 29th Jun 2012 20:26 in reply to "RE: Or was he killed?"
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2006-01-08

For real, McCarthy was way worse because McCarthy had Charlie Chaplin chemically castrated too... Yeah, American sucks! Everyone else not so much no mater what horrible stuff they do!

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RE[3]: Or was he killed?
by zima on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 23:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Or was he killed?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hardly anybody else displays "we're better than anybody else" delusions to a degree similar of the US...
(plus, in defending just that I guess, you jumped to answer too quickly, the point with the mention of McCarthyism was how it did more harm with its witch-hunt)

Edited 2012-07-03 00:10 UTC

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