Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Dec 2012 19:11 UTC
In the News "Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing's death from cyanide poisoning in 1954 was ruled a suicide, coming after his conviction for gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was illegal." The fact that he still hasn't been pardoned is an utter disgrace.
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RE[7]: No
by Alfman on Sun 16th Dec 2012 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: No"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

kwan_e,

I hear that loud and clear, but I'm not even sure I'm in favour of using figureheads to drive a movement in principal. People should believe in a cause because it is important in and of itself, not because a VIP is involved.


I know that's an overly cynical view for something with innocent intentions, but I honestly ask myself if Turing's fame is a driver for this movement rather than the persecution itself.

These are just my thoughts, I'm not claiming it's the right way to see things.

Edit: It doesn't affect my opinion that he ought to be pardoned in one way or another.

Edited 2012-12-16 09:49 UTC

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RE[8]: No
by kwan_e on Sun 16th Dec 2012 09:50 in reply to "RE[7]: No"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

kwan_e,

I hear that loud and clear, but I'm not even sure I'm in favour of using figureheads to drive a movement in principal. People should believe in a cause because it is important in and of itself, not because a VIP is involved.


I know that's an overly cynical view for something with innocent intentions, but I honestly ask myself if Turing's fame is a driver for this movement rather than the persecution itself.


My attitude in all this is whatever gets things done. Everything is going to have its good points or bad points but if we wait for everyone to be perfectly motivated, nothing would get done.

It's the principle worse is better.

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