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  • Alan Turing Was Gay

    Posted on May 11th, 2004 Brian No comments

    Courtesy of some comments on a Slashdot post, I have just learned that Alan Turing was homosexual. To which I say, “Good for him.” According to a biography
    on him, he was, sadly, chemically castrated in 1952. What a way to
    treat the man who pretty much invented modern computing machines! The
    irony is not lost that so many who despise and discriminate against
    homosexuals have to thank someone who would be the target of their hate
    for the very technology that they use to spread their message so
    efficiently today.

    Hopefully the day will come when our institutions stop worshipping faux heros and start truly appreciating men like Turing for their real accomplishments in the advancement of our collective knowledge.

    At the personal level, I find I am often surprised when I learn that
    a person I respect is different than I am in some such unperceivable
    way. It comes not from the previously unknown knowledge, but instead
    from the self-realization that it does not affect my opinion of them
    whatsoever. Why do I find myself surprised at my own non-bias? Is it
    because my mind naturally revolts against the idea, thus proving that
    it is a sin, as the hate-peddlers might suggest? Or is it because my
    culture has spent so much energy talking about it that it has been
    ingrained into my subconcious mind, that it must matter, and thus I am merely surprised by my own empirical evidence to the contrary?

    I’d have to say the latter, especially since I don’t believe in that whole sin thing.

    Oh, and thanks Mr. Turing for giving me a job.

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