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The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off: "Alan Turing's suicide verdict isn't supportable." According to Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland, the two reasons we should revise the common story of Turing's death are 1 - because Turing was cheerful. Right. Because depressed people always act sad and gloomy. 2. - because this man, who was a freakin' genius, "was careless" when it came to working with cyanide, which he was doing at his home laboratory.

As someone who has had depression for years and years, I can tell you that depression doesn't always result in "acting sad." For me personally, it affects my thought patterns and energy levels, but I don't go around looking obviously depressed. It's a coping strategy, for me anyway.

And getting back to Turing's alleged carelessness: " he was known for tasting chemicals to identify them." Really? Someone that smart, working with cyanide, would resort to tasting it? This makes more sense: "In his authoritative biography, Andrew Hodges suggests that the experiment was a ruse to disguise suicide, a scenario Turing had apparently mentioned to a friend in the past." But no, a philosophy PhD from the UK says that we should revise our theory about his suicide because Turing seemed "in good humor."

Copeland needs to talk to people who have suffered with depression and the kind of stress Turing was under. If we're going to talk stereotypical behaviour, isn't the stereotype of the British that they keep that stiff upper lip? You know, "keep calm and carry on"?
flummoxicated: (Excuse me?)
The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off: "Alan Turing's suicide verdict isn't supportable." According to Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland, the two reasons we should revise the common story of Turing's death are 1 - because Turing was cheerful. Right. Because depressed people always act sad and gloomy. 2. - because this man, who was a freakin' genius, "was careless" when it came to working with cyanide, which he was doing at his home laboratory.

As someone who has had depression for years and years, I can tell you that depression doesn't always result in "acting sad." For me personally, it affects my thought patterns and energy levels, but I don't go around looking obviously depressed. It's a coping strategy, for me anyway.

And getting back to Turing's alleged carelessness: " he was known for tasting chemicals to identify them." Really? Someone that smart, working with cyanide, would resort to tasting it? This makes more sense: "In his authoritative biography, Andrew Hodges suggests that the experiment was a ruse to disguise suicide, a scenario Turing had apparently mentioned to a friend in the past." But no, a philosophy PhD from the UK says that we should revise our theory about his suicide because Turing seemed "in good humor."

Copeland needs to talk to people who have suffered with depression and the kind of stress Turing was under. If we're going to talk stereotypical behaviour, isn't the stereotype of the British that they keep that stiff upper lip? You know, "keep calm and carry on"?
flummoxicated: (B Boys)
Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys has cancer :( Fortunately, according to a video he posted on the front page of the BBoys web site it's very treatable. Still, they've postponed their tour and new cd.

Stupid cancer.

Here are the Boys being silly, this is one of my favorites - Spike Jonze directed this one, I saw he's directing Where the Wild Things Are.  If you saw the newest Star Trek film, you may recognize this tune:




If you didn't know - the B Boys are my favorite guilty pleasure.

WTH, LJ?!?!

Jul. 6th, 2009 09:48 am
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The LiveJournal scrapbook / gallery management thingee SUCKS! I made a new gallery and it does not show up when I go to copy or move a picture from my unsorted gallery!

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