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[2]: Time scale
by acobar on Tue 26th Jun 2012 15:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Time scale"
acobar
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2005-11-15

Indeed, it does happens on all humans activities like painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, engineering, medicine and so on, but I was talking specifically about very, very special beings that helped transform our world and got recognized as heroes by some of us. Turing already achieved that, even more because he as able flex his talent when the need was there.

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 of ours very best other than learning and teaching how human knowledge advances and foster the quality of our life.

Unluckily, there is no infinity memory.

Edited 2012-06-26 15:44 UTC

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RE[3]: Time scale
by zima on Tue 26th Jun 2012 23:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Time scale"
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2005-07-06

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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RE[4]: Time scale
by acobar on Wed 27th Jun 2012 00:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Time scale"
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2005-11-15

I was talking about our very best on humanity advancements.

It is not reasonably to expect any of us to remember most of our grand grand parents, even though their decisions had a direct impact on our very own existence. To honor them is enough to be the best world citizen you can and to help improve those around us, specially the ones we love at most and that are more affected by our choices. If we all could achieve that the world would be a way better place.

Answering your question (?), I do care about who lived on the extent I explained, and also care about who advanced our society by trying to learn as most as I can about their achievements way more than about their life, even thought is its easier to grasp the extension of their findings under the light of the way they lived.

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