Turing presented his new offering in the form of a thought experiment, based on a popular Victorian parlor game. A man and a woman hide, and a judge is asked to determine which is which by relying only on the texts of notes passed back and forth. Turing replaced the woman with a computer. Can the judge tell which is the man? If not, is the computer conscious? Intelligent? Does it deserve equal rights?It's impossible for us to know what role the torture Turing was enduring at the time played in his formulation of the test. But it is undeniable that one of the key figures in the defeat of fascism was destroyed, by our side, after the war, because he was gay. No wonder his imagination pondered the rights of strange creatures.
The blond boy in the red trunks is holding your head underwaterbecause he is trying to kill you, and you deserve it, you do, and you know this, and you are ready to die in this swimming poolbecause you wanted to touch his hands and lips and this meansyour life is over anyway. You're in eighth grade. You know these things. You know how to ride a dirt bike, and you know how to do long division, and you know that a boy who likes boys is a dead boy, unlesshe keeps his mouth shut, which is what youdidn't do, because you are weak and hollow and it doesn't matter anymore.